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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.”

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.