June 07, 2007
Vandenbroucke attempts suicide
Frank Vandenbroucke, the Belgian rider whose early promise has been somewhat overshadowed by a doping suspension and sometimes erratic behavior, attempted suicide today in Milan.
Vandenbroucke, 32, is currently with the Italian Acqua e Sapone squad, and withdrew from the Giro last month with ongoing knee problems.
After turning pro with Lotto in 1994, Vandenbroucke won Ghent-Wevelgem and Paris-Nice in 1998 and Liége-Bastogne-Liége in 1999 (with Cofidis). With the turn of the century, VDB bounced from team to team, including Lampre, Quick Step, Fassa Bortolo, MrBookmaker/Unibet.com, and Acqua e Sapone.
Doctors are reportedly declining comment on Vandenbroucke's prognosis.
The hospital said Vandenbroucke's life was not in danger. Citing privacy rules, officials declined to provide details about the suicide attempt.
Acqua & Sapone team director Palmiro Masciarelli said Vandenbroucke was depressed because his wife had left him.
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