Lille (France): Belgian cyclist Antoine Demoitie died after he was hit by a motorbike following a fall during the Gent-Wevelgem race, local police has said.

Police said on Sunday an inquiry is going on to "determine the circumstances", reports Xinhua.

Antoine Demoitie
Antoine Demoitie. Pic/ AFP

Demoitie, 25, was rushed to the hospital after the accident in Sainte-Marie-Cappel, northern France where he was admitted to an intensive care unit due to serious conditions.

Sunday's Gent-Wevelgem race saw cyclists battle strong winds as they tackled 10 climbs over a 243-km route, including two ascents of the Kemmelberg.

Former Belgian national champion Jens Debusschere was also hospitalised after he sustained a concussion following a heavy crash, his Lotto-Soudal team said.

The race was won by Slovakia's Peter Sagan.