Former rider, Andreas Kappes is in the night from Monday to Tuesday has died. The German, from 1987 to 2001 active as a professional cyclist, was 52 years of age.
Kappes was in the beginning of his career especially active on the road: so he rode five times in the Tour de France and he won stages in the Tour of Italy and Paris-Nice. His greatest success on Belgian soil, was his victory in the Omloop het Volk in 1991. Kappes, who in 1997 positively tested on the use of amphetamines, was wearing the shirt of Telekom and Gerolsteiner. Later, he focused on the track, one of his regular partners was our fellow countryman, Etienne De Wilde. Together they won nine six-day cycle races, in total, won Kappes there is less than 24.
According to BILD died Kappes by an insect bite: the angel had a allergic reaction causes that led to a heart failure.
Andreas Kappes was then also the director of the Tour de Neuss, on Wednesday, will be held. “The shock is extremely large,” said Stephan Hilgers, chairman of the cycling club in Neuss. “All riders will a black black armband to wear.”
At the start, amongst others, André Greipel and Rick Zabel expected.