The Danish woman racing cyclist Jette Fuglsang, 31, has died in an accident
during a downhill ride while on vacation with her husband in France.
Fuglsang died as she drove down a mountain with her husband and teammates in
the French Alps near L’Alpe d’Huez, one of Tour de France stage finishing
“Jette, her husband and the other riders as well as coaches and managers
were on their way downhill when Jette drove directly into an auto camper
that was heading uphill,” Fredericia Cycle ClubChairman Michael Guldborg
In the collision Fuglsang was thrown into a mountainside, was quickly attended
to by a passing doctor and flown to a hospital in Grenoble by helicopter,
but her life could not be saved.
Would have quit cycling
“Jette and her husband Rene, who was an A rider, had decided that this
was to be their last season as competition riders. They had decided to stop
racing and start a family,” says Guldborg.
Fuglsang was among the elite of Danish women cyclists, almost qualifying for
the Beijing Olympics last year.
Fuglsang’s death is the second to hit Danish competition cyclists in France
this year. Lars Werenberg, an A-rider for Odder CK, was killed when he
crashed during his team’s training camp in Nice in February.