Spanish cyclist Isaac Gálvez dies after crash in Ghent, Belgium

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Isaac Gálvez
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World Madison champion Isaac Gálvez Lopez died in the early hours of Sunday morning after crashing on the fifth day of the Six Days of Ghent track cycling race.

He collided with Belgium's Dimitri DeFauw during the second Madison of the evening and hit a metal barrier. He was immediately knocked unconscious, and despite being resuscitated, he was pronounced dead at the Gent University Clinic hospital.

The race was immediately suspended, and the final day's racing was cancelled.

At the time of the accident, Gálvez and team-mate Juan Llaneras were lying second in the overall standings, one lap behind the Belgium/German pair Iljo Keisse and Robert Bartko.