Sarah Fagan Identified as the Woman Who Died Taking Part in French Triathlon

A 48-year-old woman named Sarah Fagan died while participating in the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon on Friday. The organizers, the audience, and everyone else are shocked due to the death of Dundalk resident Sarah Fagan. Here’s everything you need to know about the tragedy.

The Alpe d’Huez Triathlon attracts athletes from all around the world. The southeastern France event consists of a 2.2 KM swim, 118 KM cycling, and a 20 KM run. It was established in 2006 and takes place in late July every year.

The long course event starts with the swim at the reservoir Lac du Verny, then the cycling features the 21 bends used by the Tour de France as it climbs 1120 meters to the ski resort of Alpe d’Huez for the eventual run.

Who was Sarah Fagan?

Sarah Fagan was a 48-year-old woman from Mountpleasant, Dundalk. She was a member of the Cuchulainn Cycling Club. She has been identified as the woman who died while participating in the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon this past weekend.

Born in 1975, Sarah Fagan was an active member of the cycling club since early 2010. She was involved in all disciplines including leisure, racing, and road events. We are trying to get in touch with her close ones to gather more details about her personal life.

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What Happened to Sarah Fagan in Alpe d’Huez Triathlon?

Sarah Fagan was found unresponsive in Lake Verney, in the town of Allemon, on Friday, July 28, 2023, while taking part in the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon. She was a competitor in the event from Mountpleasant, Dundalk.

The 48-year-old woman was brought out from the water and medical officials performed CPR before taking her to a hospital. She was airlifted to the nearby medical facility. However, the doctors couldn’t save her as her condition was highly critical.

She passed away a few hours later. The official cause of death of Sarah Fagan was not disclosed immediately and more details should be available later.

How did Sarah Fagan die?

Sarah Fagan, from Mountpleasant, Dundalk, died on Friday, July 28, 2023, while participating in the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon in Lake Verny, Allemon. She was found unresponsive in water in the area where the swimming portion of the long course event takes place.

Fagan passed away after being airlifted to the hospital. The organizers have revealed an investigation into the cause of the death of Sarah Fagan has been launched. The investigators are looking for clues and awaiting the reports of the post-mortem examination.

“Our thoughts are with the family of the victim, who was a member of our community. It is very difficult to accept this tragedy. Despite the safety protocols in place and the risks inherent in triathlon, we are obviously deeply shocked and devastated by this tragedy,” the director of the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon, Cyrille Neveu said.

Tributes Emerge for Sarah Fagan Online

Tributes have emerged for Sarah Fagan on social media platforms led by her clubmates. Setanta Triathlon Club in Dundalk led the tributes with the following post:

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“Sarah was an integral member of Setanta Triathlon Club and was always first to volunteer her time, get involved in club activities and competitive events. Sarah stood out among her peers as she was always smiling, enthusiastic, and willing to help others.

“All her clubmates are devastated at Sarah’s passing and our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis. Funeral arrangements to follow.”

Cuchulainn Cycling Club also paid respect to her deceased member Sarah Fagan with an emotional post. “Sarah was an active member of the club since early 2010 and was involved in all disciplines – leisure, racing – road,” the club wrote.

“Sarah lived life to the full, she was passionate, she had such a positive attitude to life, and had such a huge circle of friends within the club. Sarah will leave us with a massive hole in our hearts.

“As evident in all pictures of her, she had such a glow and warmth to her, always smiling and was so encouraging with her kind words.”

Several other friends and relatives have also shared memories and prayers for Sarah Fagan. Our heartfelt condolences go to the loved ones of Fagan. May God let her soul rest in peace.

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