Death of Yelverton cyclist who collided head on with car sparks road safety concerns for racers
THE death of elite cyclist Junior Heffernan has sparked calls for similar races to be conducted under rolling road closures.
As police continue to appeal for video footage of Sunday's Severn Bridge Road Race, other top riders suggested the UKs roads are too dangerous.
Mr Heffernan died after he collided head-on with a car which was travelling in the opposite direction. Despite the efforts of paramedics the 23-year-old died at the scene.
Some cyclists say future races should be conducted under rolling road closures, possibly under the direction of accredited marshals.
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Dutch rider Wouter Sybrandy, of the IG-Sigma Sport team – who was also in the same race as Junior on Sunday – said on Twitter: "Racing on open roads no longer of this time, rolling road closures work, no need for police, marshals/NEG should have right to stop traffic."
Meanwhile, British Cycling said it would conduct its own investigation into the tragic incident.