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Cycling world mourns the sudden death of Nicolas Portal as the Team Ineos directeur sportif has died aged 40.
Team Ineos released a statement as they wrote: “It is with the greatest sadness that we announce the passing of our much loved team mate, colleague and friend Nico Portal who died suddenly this afternoon at his home in Andorra.
“We are all overcome with grief at this terrible news and would ask everyone to respect the family’s privacy at this difficult time.
“RIP Nico – your spirit will always be with us on the road and you will forever be in our hearts.”
Tributes to Nicolas Portal were coming from all over the world.
We are saddened to hear of the sudden passing away of Nicolas Portal, who played a vital role in numerous Tours in the last few years. The organisers of the Tour de France offer their sincerest condolences to Nicolas’ family and friends as well as @TeamINEOS. pic.twitter.com/vqW2NTdZ9G
— Tour de France™ (@LeTour) March 3, 2020
My thoughts are with his wife and children, who he put above everything else. I’ll always remember him dancing with his little girl in Paris in to the early hours. He was too young to be taken away from them. Nico, I’ll miss you mate, you were one of the good ones.
— Geraint Thomas (@GeraintThomas86) March 4, 2020
RIP Nico. You are truly going to be missed. Such shocking news to hear this terrible news you are gone far to soon mate.
— Ben Swift (@swiftybswift) March 4, 2020
I don’t want to believe it. Always smiling, always fit, always full of energy. Life is not fair. My thoughts are with His family and friends. RIP Nico 💔 https://t.co/uJwjZ0UQZk
— Michał Kwiatkowski (@kwiato) March 3, 2020
I never met someone Nico didn’t have time for. I never met someone who didn’t think the world of Nico. He was a true inspiration. His energy, his humility & his passion for life shone so brightly. Nico Portal, it was an honour to work with you. We will all miss you immensely.
— Tao Geoghegan Hart (@taogeoghegan) March 3, 2020
My thoughts are with Nico’s wife and children tonight. He was the kindest, happiest guy I knew and always lived life to the fullest. Rest In Peace Nico pic.twitter.com/vfYF9slMQ3
— Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) March 3, 2020
source – www.eurosport.co.uk