The crowdfunding campaign aims to raise money to help the young family of Cantwell, a former pro cyclist

A crowdfunding campaign has been started to financially support the young family of Jonathan Cantwell, the Australian former Saxo-Tinkoff rider who died aged just 36 on Tuesday.

The target is $50,000 with over $15,000 already being raised in 12 hours. The fundraiser says Cantwell "lost his battle to mental illness" after a day spent with family and friends, and also highlights the problem of male suicide in Australia; confirming that he took his own life. The word end by urging readers: "If you are sad, speak up. Speak out. Don’t be ashamed! It’s ok to feel sad. It’s ok to ask for help!" 

There is also a number for non-profit Australian crisis support organisation lifeline; UK equivalents are Samaritans (116 123) or CALM for men (0800 58 58 58), both open 24 hours a day. Head over to the GoFundMe page here

After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since.  He joined road.cc in 2017, having previously worked for 220 Triathlon magazine. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.