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Amy Dombroski Killed in Cycling Accident

The American cyclist Amy Drombroski was killed in a cycling accident yesterday when she was struck by a truck while training in Belgium, according to her team.

Dombroski, who had been a member of Belgium’s Telenet-Fidea cyclo-cross team since 2012, was killed in Sint-Katelijne-Waver, the team said on its website. Dombroski was motorpacing behind a scooter when the accident occurred. The scooter driver escaped injury, the team said.

The 26-year-old Dombroski was born in Jericho, Vermont, and had lived in Boulder, Colorado since last year. She flew to Belgium two days ago to join her team after competing at the Gran Prix of Gloucester in Massachusetts, where she finished eighth on Sept. 28 and 11th the following day.

Cyclo-cross requires participants to ride on- and off-road courses, sometimes dismounting to carry their bicycles through obstacles.

Dombroski was a three-time under-23 national cyclo-cross champion, according to Velonews. She is survived by her fiance, motocross racer Ryan Rozinski, according to the team.

“It is terrible, terrible news,” Corné Lepoeter, president of Telenet’s development team, told VeloNews. “We are all so sad. … We don’t know anything more. We just get the news.”
“Amy was a very likeable young woman with lots of ambition,” the team said in a statement. “Manager Hans van Kasteren, YTFCT chairman Corne Lepoeter, team leader Kris Wouters, all riders, and staff … offer the family of Amy their sincere feelings of compassion.”

“This is the second time something like that happens to us. When Tim Pauwels, brother of Kevin, died, he died in my arms. And now this. Amy was a wonderful girl, a good rider,” he said. “Tuesday at the team presentation I noticed her optimism for the coming winter. We had a lot of confidence in her.”

Here are some of the "Tweets" about her death circulating around the cycling world:

Sven Nys: Tragic news always hurts so much. Just outside Baal fate struck. Rip Amy Dombroski.

Bart Wellens: Terrible news! RIP Amy Dombroski …. Without words…

Niels Albert: All my thoughts go to family, friends and colleagues of Amy. Terrible news. Wish we could have had the chance to see more from her 🙁

Kevin Pauwels: Rest in peace Amy Dombroski!

Isabelle Nijs (wife of Sven Nys):Condolences to the parents, family and friends from #AmyDombroski. Terrible things do happen #everyparentsworstnightmare #unbelievable

Liz Hatch: It’s astonishing when you realize how fragile our lives are and how easily we take for granted that we will see tomorrow… Farewell Amy.

Steve Chainel: Every day, tired of seeing and having to bow and say nothing against these idiots. Courage and condolences to Amy … # horrible

Cannondale Team: Rest In Peace @AmyDombroski – save cyclists!

Zdenek Stybar: Damn it, what a bad news:( RIP #AmyDombroski

Jelly Belly Cycling ‏team: Very bad news our thoughts go out to family and friends #AmyDombroski so sad

Fabian Cancellara:  Sad news….RIP Amy, deepest sympathies to Amy’s Dombroski family, friends and teammates.

Matt Brammeier:  Not really any words to describe. Feel pretty numb. Thoughts are with Amy’s family, friends and all involved. Take care guys 🙁

Koen de Kort: Extremely upsetting news about @AmyDombroski. Can’t stop thinking about the dangers we face and good people we lose. Rest in peace Amy…

Team Garmin-Sharp: Our team’s thoughts are with the family & friends of @AmyDombroski So sad.

Jonathan Vaughters: So sorry to read about Amy Dombrowski. Prayers for her family.

Helen Wyman: If you don’t know our sport you wouldn’t know how tiny our little family is. Everyone knew Amy everyone loved Amy. This is truly a sad day

James Huang (Cyclingnews Tech editor): Just found out that my friend @AmyDombroski was killed in Belgium today. Apparently hit by a truck while on a training ride. I feel sick.

Orica-GreenEdge: Hearts go out to family, friends and teammates of @AmyDombroski as we learn of the devastating news of her fatal training accident.

Tiffany Cromwell: Devastating news about @AmyDombroski a life taken far too early. Such a wonderful and kind person. RIP!!! #unbelievable

Mara Abbott: There has never been an athlete who I wished to emulate more in her day to day existence and attitude than Amy Dombroski. I love you, Amy.

Renaat Schotte: Always with a smile on her face. Such a tragedy, we will miss you! @AmyDombroski

Alex Howes: Absolutely crushed to hear about @AmyDombroski. Life just isn’t fair.

Joan Hanscom: The world does not make sense. Rest in peace Amy. You were one of good ones.

Mara Abbott: Whether or not you knew Dombro, go enjoy the shit out of the rest of today, and take a risk and tell the ones your love you do. For her. 

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