World track cycling champion Isaac Galvez of Spain, a runnerup in the fourth stage of the Tour de France in July, died after crashing during a six-day track race in Ghent.
Galvez, 31, died late Saturday after crashing against the railing during the Madison competition, said Rob Discart, the event's organizer.
Galvez, who raced for the Caisse d'Epargne team, was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital, Discart told VRT radio.
"He was an athlete who represented Spain, who always fought for himself and his country, and then he has this accident," said Alejandro Blanco, president of the Spanish Olympic Committee. "There aren't words to describe this tragedy."
The Six Days of Ghent race was immediately abandoned.
Galvez won the Madison event in Bordeaux, France, in April with partner Joan Llaneras Rossello, reclaiming the title he first won in 1999.
Standout running back in Alabama shot, killed
Terrance Wilkes, 18, one of the top running backs in Alabama, was shot and killed Saturday in Wadley, Ala.
Wilkes' cousin, Jasper Buchannan, was wounded, authorities said. Five men were arrested and charged with murder and assault.
Wilkes, a senior, was a finalist for the Alabama Sportswriters Association's Class 1A Back of the Year.
Deep Impact earns win after facing drug troubles
Deep Impact, in his first race since testing positive for a banned substance, won the Japan Cup in Tokyo after surging into the lead after the final turn.
Deep Impact had finished third Oct. 1 at the Prix de l'Arc, but traces of an anticholinergic used to treat lung diseases that is allowed in Japan but banned in France were found in the horse's urine samples after the race.
Bank of America makes five-year deal with NASCAR
Bank of America Corp. signed a five-year deal as the official bank of NASCAR to attract more retail business.
The bank shared details of the deal - estimated at $15-million to $20-million - with the Associated Press before the public announcement today.
FORMULA ONE: Alex Zanardi's comeback ended when his modified BMW-Sauber C24-B had mechanical difficulties in Valencia, Spain. Last week, he became the first double amputee to test-drive an F1 car.
BASEBALL: The Orioles have agreed in principal to a three-year deal with former Devil Ray and Braves free-agent reliever Danys Baez, the Baltimore Sun reported. The deal hinges on the right-hander passing a physical, which could be today. The deal's terms aren't known, but estimates are $5-million to $6-million per season.
FIGURE SKATING: Americans Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto won the ice dancing gold at the Cup of Russia in Moscow.
SOCCER: Kristine Lilly scored on a penalty kick late in overtime to give the United States a 2-1 victory over Canada in the championship game of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Carson, Calif. Lilly was the tournament MVP.
VOLLEYBALL: The United States fell to 1-4 after losing to France in the men's world championships in Japan. ... The Federation of Beach Volleyball and Volleyball Associations, an international group set up to challenge the FIVB, will be based in Lausanne, Switzerland.