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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, Elberton, South Gloucestershire
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.

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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