Death of the rider Thomas Bourgin
rider no. 106 Thomas Bourgin (FRA) was the victim of a fatal traffic
accident on the link route as he made his way to the start of the day's
The accident took place at 08.23 hours local time
on the link route on the way up to the Chilean side of the mountain
range. The 25-year-old rider collided with a Chilean police car that was
travelling in the opposite direction. The exact circumstances of the
accident are being subjected to an inquiry.
The rally's medical teams deployed on the ground were only able to certify the rider's death, probably instant.
Bourgin, from Saint Etienne, where he was born on December 23rd 1987,
was in 68th place in the overall ranking of his first Dakar. He had
realised his passion since 2009 when he took part in the Morocco Rally,
followed by a 4th place in the 2011 Africa Race and a 7th place finish
in the Tunisia Rally.
The organisers of the Dakar and everyone
involved in it express their great sadness to his family and friends and
offer their most sincere condolences.
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