Devon cyclist killed in Severn Bridge Road Race car collision
A Devon cyclist has died after being involved in a collision during a road race in Gloucestershire.
Herbalife-Leisure Lakes rider Junior Heffernan died as the result of an incident in the 41st Severn Bridge Road Race near Olveston yesterday, the race organiser confirmed last night.
The 23-year-old, from Yelverton, was involved in a collision with a car on the third lap of the 10-lap race, which was immediately abandoned.
British Cycling last night offered its condolences to the family and friends of Mr Heffernan.
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British Cycling president Brian Cookson said: "This is a tragedy which will profoundly sadden everyone associated with cycling in this country.
"My thoughts are with Junior's family and with his friends."
The race features laps of a 6.6 mile circuit and is described as one of the country's top and longest running early season road race events dating back to the 1960s.
Writing on his internet blog, Ride With The Heff, on Friday ahead of this weekend's racing, Mr Heffernan said he was about to compete with his new team for the first time.