Tijl De Decker dies in Training crash

Tijl De Decker, the U23 winner of the Paris-Roubaix, died in a training crash. (Source: Facebook)
Tijl De Decker, the U23 winner of the Paris-Roubaix, died in a training crash. (Source: Facebook)


Friday afternoon, Lotto Dstny delivered some shocking news. This is the 22-year-old Belgian from Lotto-Dstny Tijl De Decker, who was injured on last Wednesday but was unable to recuperate. The squad revealed on social media that Tijl De Decker, a talented player, had died during a training accident. Keep reading to know more about Tijl De Decker and his cause of death in detail.

Due to his gruff demeanor and good-nature, Tijl De Decker was a well-respected member of the community. He was admired for his attempts to make everyone happy. Since his unexpected departure, internet prayers and wishes have been surfacing.


How did Tijl De Decker die? What was his cause of death?

Tijl De Decker, a rider for Lotto Dstny development, passed away on Wednesday as a result of a vehicle crash that occurred during a training ride, his team has revealed. He was 22.

Lotto Dstny announced the death of the Belgian at noon on Friday.

The team wrote:

‘It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tijl De Decker, following a training accident past Wednesday.

The team is heartbroken by this news and sends all of its love and thoughts to Tijl’s family and loved ones in this incredibly difficult time ❤️

CEO Stéphane Heulot said on Friday, “We are devastated by the loss of our cyclist, Tijl showed big progression this year and we believed in his growth margin. Stepping up to the pro team was a logical choice. Unfortunately he will never turn pro and we will always remember him as a talented young rider and a warm and friendly person off the bike. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones, and our thoughts are with them during this difficult time.”

Training crash:

On Wednesday night, news of the collision—which apparently involved De Decker hitting the back of a vehicle—began to circulate. De Decker had been taken to a hospital in Antwerp, and the team reported on Thursday night that he was “severely injured” and in an induced coma.

The team provided further detail about the incident’s circumstances but avoided discussing the specifics of De Decker’s wounds.He was taken to a hospital in Lier and underwent surgery right away. He was sent to the University Hospital of Antwerp later that evening.

Despite the hospital staff’s best efforts, Tijl was unable to survive and passed away this morning.

When a young life is lost too soon, it is always tragic, and Tijl De Decker’s unexpected passing has left many people wondering what may have been. Fans and other riders are searching for information as word of his passing spreads in an effort to understand what happened to him and how he died. However, one thing is for certain: Tijl De Decker’s legacy will live on, and the cycling world has lost a great talent.


Magalie Derboven, a representative for the Lier police force, disclosed more detail about the event involving a passenger car.

“The accident occurred on public roads, outside the centre. In doing so, the cyclist was seriously injured and taken to the hospital. It remains to be seen how his condition evolves. A traffic expert from the prosecutor’s office has come to the scene, an investigation into the exact circumstances is ongoing.”

A representative for the neighborhood police said that an inquiry into the circumstances of the incident was ongoing, according to a Thursday report in the Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad.

Who was Tijl De Decker?

Tijl De Decker was born in Antwerp on July 29, 2001. He was a professional road racing cyclist from Belgium.

De Decker raced for ACROG-Tormans before switching to the Lotto-Dstny system this year. His brilliance was instantly on display as he won a stage at the Tour de Taiwan, finished second at the Rutland-Melton CiCLE Classic, and won the Paris-Roubaix.

De Decker, who had spent the entire season riding for the reserve team of the Belgian team, placed fourth in the under-23 road race on Sunday at the National Championships. He was supposed to get to the first team the next year.

De Decker won Paris-Roubaix Espoirs with a solo attack in May of this year, marking the biggest triumph of his professional career.

At the Tour de Taiwan in March, where he won on stage three, he earned his first professional victory. Additionally, in April, he finished second in the Rutland-Melton CiCLE Classic. Lotto-Dstny revealed in July that De Decker would join the squad as a professional in 2024.

Tributes to Tijl De Decker:

Ronny-Nicy De Lange-De Snoeck wrote: “Tijl De Decker , boy we’re going to miss you. Way too young, always smiling I’m so happy that I met you. Strength to family and friends 😢😢😢”

Enrico Muyelle wrote: “The gratitude to mechanic caretaker & team leader you were a top runner, but even more a top guy🖤Sending strength to the family and friends Rest in peace dude Tijl De Decker

Intermarché Wanty Gobert Supporters wrote: “It’s with great sadness we have to say goodbye forever to Tijl De Decker after an accident on training. 😢Tijl is the brother of former IWG sprinter Alfdan De Decker. We sent all our love & hugs to his beloved familiy, friends & everyone at Lotto Dstny.”

Tijl De Decker was a great champion in the cycling world, and we have lost him. The many people he inspired over his career will definitely carry on his legacy. Future generations of cyclists will have a high standard to meet thanks to Tijl De Decker’s commitment and dedication to the sport. He will be sadly missed but always be remembered for his extraordinary talent and love of cycling. We offer our sincere sympathies to his family, friends, team, and supporters. Tijl De Decker, may you rest in peace.

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