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Man aged 77 was discovered yesterday lunchtime near Newton Tony

Police in Wiltshire have appealed for witnesses after a cyclist was discovered dead next to his bicycle on a country road.

The 77-year-old was found at around 12.30pm yesterday on Cholderton Road, near Newton Tony, nine miles north east of Salisbury.

Despite emergency services attending the scene, he was pronounced dead there.

Police, who closed the road for several hours yesterday while they investigated the incident, have not said whether they believe another vehicle was involved.

The road was closed until the mid-afternoon while investigations were carried out. 

Officers have asked anyone who has information or who saw the rider yesterday to contact them on 101. 

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.