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Former Argentine national champion takes own life after kidnapping

Cyclist disappeared two days earlier while campaigning for seat on sport's national governing body...

A former national cycling champion in Argentina has committed suicide by throwing himself from a neighbour’s house in mysterious circumstances that are being linked to his having been kidnapped last week.

This Wednesday, Armando Borrajo, aged 34, was due to have been a candidate for election as treasurer to the sport’s national governing body, the Federación Argentina de Ciclismo de Pista y Ruta (FACPyR).

However, on a trip last week to canvass support for his nomination, Borrajo was apparently surrounded and kidnapped, and according to a report on the Argentine website Biciclismo, injured and in shock from his ordeal, took his life two days later on Saturday.

Borrajo’s brother, Alejandro, also a professional cyclist, tried to prevent the suicide, breaking his arm as he attempted to save his brother’s life.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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LondonCalling | 12 years ago

This is so sad. And what his brother must be going through, unbearable pain. Another victim of the kidnapping trend in Argentina. There is so little victim support over there, and so much violence. Worst thing, it's spilling over to neighbouring countries.  2  17

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