Cyclist killed in road race

A cyclist has died while competing in the Severn Bridge Road Race in South Gloucestershire.

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Scene of crash

Investigations are continuing into an accident during this weekend's Severn Bridge Road Race, in which a rising cycle star was killed.

23-year-old Junior Heffernan from Devon died after colliding with a car at the side of the road as he came round a bend.

Vattingstone Lane, the scene of the weekend's fatal cycling accident in South Gloucestershire Credit: ITV West Country

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Police appeal for witnesses

Avon & Somerset Police have issued an appeal for witnesses to yesterday's fatal accident.

The crash happened on the B4461 Vattingstone Lane, at its junction with Mumbleys, at Elberton at about 12.45pm.

Junior Heffernan, who was taking part in the Severn Bridge Road Race, was travelling down Vattingstone Lane towards a left-hand bend when he hit a stationary car, which had been travelling in the opposite direction.

Despite treatment, he died at the scene.

Devon cyclist killed in road race

Junior Heffernan was involved in a collision with a car during the race Credit: Herbalife-Leisure Lakes

Sunday's event (Severn Bridge Road Race) was the first time Junior had raced alongside members of his new team Herbalife Leisure Lakes. The race was immediately abandoned at the request of riders shortly after the incident.

Tributes paid following death of cyclist

Tributes have been paid to a cyclist who died while competing in the Severn Bridge Road Race in Gloucestershire yesterday. Junior Heffernan was involved in a collision with a car during the race, which was immediately abandoned.

This is a tragedy which will profoundly sadden everyone associated with cycling in this country.

My thoughts are with Junior's family and with his friends.

– British Cycling president Brian Cookson

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