'This could have been Bradley Wiggins' - amateur cyclist killed after being hit by car during race in France
Published 26/09/2016 | 09:37
A British amateur cyclist has died after being hit by a car during a road race in France.
Ian Bashford was struck during the final descent of the Duo Normand race in Marigny, north-west France, on Sunday,
Mr Bashford, a member of the Old Portlians Cycling Club based in south London, could not be revived following the incident, organisers said in a statement.
The race continued to its conclusion following the accident in accordance with the wishes of Mr Bashford's friends, it added.
In a statement, the Old Portlians Cycling Club said: "It is with great sadness that we have to report that Ian Bashford was killed today while taking part in the Duo Normand.
"Ian was hit by a car during the final descent in to the finish area.
"Our thoughts are with his wife and family at this very sad time."
Around 400 riders were expected to take part in the 35th Duo Normand, a 54km time-trial race.
According to French media reports, Mr Bashford was hit by a support vehicle when he was just 200 metres from the finish line.
His son, Neil Bashford, told the Evening Standard: "He was taken out by a support vehicle for another rider from another team. I gather they were overtaking and went on to the side of the road my dad and his partner were on.
"The car shouldn't have been there - that's pretty obvious. Dad was 200 metres from the finish on his side of the road."
He added: "How did this happen on an organised circuit event? This could have been Bradley Wiggins. If that happened everyone in cycling would be looking at making changes, but it's a 60-year-old amateur cyclist from England."