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Tragic Death Of Fabrice Salanson: Cause Still Unknown

An autopsy carried out on the body of Fabrice Salanson has failed to determine the cause of the talented 23-year old Frenchman’s death early Tuesday morning.

The up-and-coming Brioches la Boulangиre star was found dead on the floor of his hotel room in Dresden prior to the start of the Tour of Germany by roommate Sylvain Chavanel at around 8.30 am (Central European Time) yesterday morning. It is believed that he passed away during the night between 2.30 and 4.30 am.

Brioches la Boulangиre DS Jean-Rene Bernadeau told Reuters at a press conference: “Chavanel told me that they had passed a rather quiet evening. Right now, we cannot comment on the causes of the death. Fabrice was simply in great physical shape. We now have to wait for the results of the autopsy. This kind of thing can happen sometimes, but this is a terrible tragedy.”

Salanson’s devastated teammates immediately returned to France, without taking the start of the 7-stage event.

The news affected the other participants who’d lined up for the race. Home favourite Udo Bolts and his Team Gerolsteiner colleagues had been in the same hotel as Salanson. “All the guys in my team are in total shock and we do not know what to say.”

“The toxicological analyses will be finished this afternoon,” stated Andreas Feron, a city of Dresden official to L’Equipe earlier today, adding that the results could be known around mid-afternoon on Wednesday.

Salanson was highly regarded for the promise he’d shown since turning professional with the Bonjour team, scoring stage wins at 2000’s Tour de l’Avenir, and at the Grand Prix du Midi-Libere last year. Only on Sunday, he’d finished 4th at the ‘A travers le Morbihan’ race in Brittany.

So cycling has suffered another tragic blow after the deaths earlier this year of Denis Zanette from a heart attack at the age of 33, and Andrei Kivilev from crash injuries at only 29, compounded by the recent loss of legends Wim Van Est and Rik van Steenbergen.

Pezcyclingnews.com extends condolences to Fabrice’s family and friends.

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