Joe Guy, an up-and-coming junior rider who was a member of Wolverhampton Wheelers, has been killed in a collision with a van near Cannock in Staffordshire.
The fatal crash happened at around 9.50am yesterday morning on Straight Mile at the junction of Vicarage Road in Four Ashes.
Two ambulances were sent to the scene as well as the Midlands Air Ambulance, with West Midlands Ambulance Service saying in a statement: “Crews arrived to find the cyclist, a man, with multiple serious injuries and in cardiac arrest.
“Bystanders had already started CPR on the patient which ambulance staff took over. They also administered advanced life support but unfortunately, it became apparent that nothing could be done to save the patient and he was confirmed dead at the scene.
His identity was confirmed in a social media post by Wolverhampton Wheelers, which cancelled yesterday evening’s track session but encouraged people to come along in memory of Joe.
The club said afterwards that the response it had received from cyclists from Wolverhampton and beyond had been “overwhelming.”
Before yesterday’s Solihull No Frills No.5 race, riders held a minute’s silence in memory of Joe as well as Birmingham-born Graham Webb, the 1967 amateur road world champion, who also died yesterday.
Staffordshire Police have asked anyone who witnessed yesterday’s fatal crash or who has information to contact them on 101, quoting incident number 188 of May 31.
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