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Former Vacansoleil and Astana rider Lieuwe Westra dies at 40

Netherlands Lieuwe Westra celebrates his combativity prize on the podium at the end of the 1525 km fifth stage of the 101st edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 9 2014 between Ypres northwestern Belgium and Arenberg Porte du Hainaut in Wallers northern France AFP PHOTO ERIC FEFERBERG Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERGAFP via Getty Images

Former professional rider Lieuwe Westra has died at the age of 40. The Dutchman passed away on Saturday afternoon, his biographer Thomas Sijtsma reported.

Dutch media reports that Westra was found unresponsive at his business premises in Zwaagdijk in the Netherlands, with CPR ineffective in resuscitating him.

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