Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Top Cameroonian cyclist meets his untimely death at the criterium

Yannick Lontsi Yemeli 
Cameroon’s leading cyclist, Yannick Lontsi Yemeli is dead. The cyclist sustained head injuries during a criterium that reportedly happened as a race official tried to escort a mentally disturbed woman from the circuit. He later died at the hospital on May 30th, 2016 in Yaounde. 

The 27-year-old was third overall in the 2013 edition of the Tour du Faso, and the following year won the UCI Africa Tour race, the Grand Prix Chantal Biya.

Jacques Kuissi, the president of the Cameroon cycling federation, quoted on Cameroon-info.net (link is external), said: “The riders were on the last turn ahead of the final sprint. A mentally disturbed woman got onto the circuit.

“Captain Fouda, the head of security, crossed over to get the unfortunate woman off the course, but he was hit by a group of riders including Lontsi.

“All of them came down. There was a number of injuries, but in the case of Lontsi it was very serious because he hit his head on the ground.

“On Sunday morning, we received the sad news he had passed away,” he added.

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