The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announced the passing of Laurent De Backer (79), former UCI Vice-President and former President of the Royale Ligue Vélocipédique Belge (RLVB).
Following in the footsteps of his father, himself a former Director of the RLVB, De Backer was a great advocate for cycling, in Belgium and internationally, for many years.
He was UCI Vice-President from 2001 to 2005, member of the UCI Management Committee from 1992 to 2001, and member of the Professional Cycling Council from 1993 to 1997. In addition, he was President of Belgium’s National Federation from1997 to 2010.
UCI President Brian Cookson said: “Laurent de Backer was dedicated to our sport and we are saddened by his loss. On behalf of the entire cycling family, I extend my sincere condolences to his family and friends.”
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