German national was reported missing after going for a bike ride on Saturday

A body has been found during a major search and rescue operation in Cornwall after a cyclist was reported missing yesterday.

The man, a 53-year-old German tourist, was last seen at 3pm on Saturday afternoon when he set off to cycle along the Cornish coast between Newlyn and Sennen Cove, reports Cornwall Live.

The search involved two lifeboats from Sennen and two from Penlee, a coastguard helicopter and cliff rescue teams based in Penzance and Land’s End.

Prior to the body being found, Sennen RNLI press officer Brian Simpson said: " They are searching for a 53-year-old German male who went out cycling yesterday afternoon and was last seen as he set off at 3pm.

“They've been asked to do a shoreline search along the cliffs from Sennen Cove around to Newlyn.”

A subsequent post on the Penlee Lifeboat website said: “Sadly body recovered by Sennen Cove Lifeboat.”

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.