Two young European competitive cyclists die suddenly, another suffers heart attack at finish line in last two weeks
March 28, 2022
PHOTO CREDIT: Etienne Laurent
The Tour de France is the most prestigious and treacherous multi-stage bicycle race in the world. The first one took place in 1903, and spanned 19 days and 1,509 miles (2,428 kilometers). Tour de France 2022 runs from July 1 to July 24, 2022, and spans 2,068 miles (3,328 kilometers). Needless to say, only the most well-trained and conditioned human beings can compete in something like that. Surely there is a long list of cyclists who have collapsed and/or died during the 119-year history of this race (with interruptions during World War I and II). But that is not the case.
Adolphe Hélière was the first recorded death at the Tour de France. The Frenchman died on July 14, 1910. Many accounts of the incident say he died from a jellyfish sting while swimming
on a rest day after the sixth stage of the race. Francisco Cepeda was the second recorded death during the tour. The 29-year-old Spaniard crashed into a revine, and fractured his skull during the eighth stage of the tour on July 11, 1935. He died a short time later in a hospital
Tom Simpson was the most successful British cyclist in the 1960s. He was climbing 6,000-foot Mont Ventoux in southern France during Stage 13 of the 1967 tour on July 13, 1967. Mr. Simpson, 29, had already shown signs of extreme fatigue in previous stages. But he refused to quit the race. He started zig-zagging near the peak of the mountain, before suddenly collapsing. He was pronounced dead a short time later
. A July 31, 1967 Daily Mail
article reported that Mr. Simpson died from heat, amphetamines and alcohol.
Fabio Casartelli won a gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona at the age of 22. He was well on his way to a long, successful career in professional cycling. But Mr. Casartelli crashed during the 15th stage of the Tour de France on July 18, 1995, and suffer several skull fractures. He died later that day
. The International Cycling Union finally made helmets mandatory after the death of Kazakh cyclist Andrei Kivilev at the Paris-Nice race on March 11, 2003. He crashed and suffered severe head trauma
Granted there are three major races in the cycling Grand Tour – Giro d’Italia, Tour de France, and Vuelta a España. But in 108 Tour de France’s spanning 118 years, four riders have died during the event. Three of the five total deaths listed herein probably could have been prevented with helmets. Another death was caused by a venomous sea creature. Thus only one Tour de France death in over a century was someone collapsing on the course, during training, or shortly after a course. The Tour de France averages one death every 27 races, and none since 1995. How things have changed in 2022.
John Paul – Scottish cyclist (March 9, 2022)
Mr. John Paul was a multi-sport athlete when he was a young kid. He participated in track & field, along with playing soccer and rugby. But the 28-year-old Scot settled on cycling as his primary sport, and quickly took off from there. He finished second in the 2009 British Junior Men’s Sprint Championship
. Mr. Paul was a junior sprint champion in 2011, and represented Scotland at the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games. Many predicted he would be a 2016 Olympian. The British Cycling Academy Programme, however, dropped him in 2013
The official Scottish Cycling Twitter account announced on March 9, 2022 that Mr. Paul passed away.
Several other media
outlets announced his death
that day as well. But none of them mentioned anything about the circumstances. A Facebook post from 42 Degrees Coaching, approved Mr. Paul’s family, said that he passed away in his sleep.
Of course that sounds very familiar to this blogger and regular readers.
Cedric Baekeland – Belgian cyclist (March 14, 2022)
Mr. Cedric Baekeland was a late bloomer to cycling. He played soccer for KSV Roeselare and Club Roeselare, both in Belgium, according to Nieuwsblad.be. He suffered serious injuries
that forced him out of the game. That’s when he took up cycling. He was on the Dovy Keukens – FCC Cycling Team for several years before joining his last team, Body & Bike – BMB Boekhouding The Rock Real Estate.
VRT News reported that Mr. Baekeland was training with his team on the Spanish island of Mallorca on March 14. The details are unclear from there. Some reports say he died in his sleep
at their hotel. Other reports say Mr. Baekeland, 28, complained of chest discomfort to one of his teammates before collapsing and dying
. The only consistent detail is that he died of a heart attack
. That, of course, sounds very familiar too.
Sonny Colbrelli – Italian cyclist (March 21, 2022)
Mr. Sonny Colbrelli had been a professional cyclist for 10 years. He first rode for Colnago-CSF Bardiani before joining Bahrain-Merida (now Team Bahrain Victorious) in 2017. Mr. Colbrelli finished first in the 2021 Benelux Tour. He’d also won eight one-day and classic races since 2016, including three wins in 2021.
Mr. Colbrelli, 31, crossed the finish line after riding the first stage of the Volta a Catalunya in Spain on Monday, March 21. He suddenly collapsed. It was reported that he suffered from cardiac arrest. Medical staff got his heart going again with a defibrillator
. Mr. Cobrelli said he doesn’t remember anything after crossing the finish line
. All he remembers is waking up in the hospital. Doctors said tests are inconclusive, as to the cause of the cardiac arrest. But now his future in cycling is completely uncertain. He seemed to concede that his career might be over.
“It’s already a miracle that I’m alive, now it would take another to get me back on the saddle,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport
But this is all normal
One of the most common, regurgitated rebuttals for vaxx zealots presented with these mass sports coincidences is a 2020 study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine
. It concluded that 617 soccer players died between 2014 and 2018. Thus, in five years, and assuming this study is genuine and not COVID-19 propaganda, an average of 123 soccer players died per year in that time period.
Nobody ever denied that soccer players and other athletes die performing their crafts. It would take a good amount of time and funding to find the exact number of soccer players who have died and/or had heart attacks between March 2021-22. But our coverage alone documented more than 80 soccer deaths/heart attacks
just from June 2021 to October 2021. That number extrapolated for the full year period would be 172 deaths, or 40% higher than the average per year from the aforementioned study. The Daily Expose
reported that soccer deaths in 2021 were 278% higher
than the 12-year average. Anybody paying attention knows that something is very wrong.
It’s not worth the time and effort trying to make people see the truth. Long before so-called COVID-19, since the turn of the millennium, Americans have been forced to live and accept lies, and go against all logic, reason and common sense just to be accepted by mainstream society. And the powers-that-be just keep doubling and tripling down on the subterfuges
. Ultimately a vast majority of Americans are part of one of the two major tribes. Their truth is told to them. It’s not based on empirical evidence
. And that’s just the way it is.
Stay vigilant and protect your friends and loved ones.
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