Christophe Dupouey commits suicide

Ex-world champion suffered from depression

Christophe Dupouey was world champion in 1998. He is flanked by Jerome Chiotti and Filip Meirhaeghe on the podium.

Former mountain bike world champion Christophe Dupouey committed suicide last Wednesday evening in Tarbes, France. He was said to have suffered from depression. He was 40 when he died.


Dupouey won the World championship title in 1998, and finished fourth in the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1996.


In 2006 he was given a suspended three-month prison sentence for participating in a trafficking network for “pot belge”, a mix of cocaine, caffeine, pain killers, sometimes amphetamines and heroin.