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Cycling champion dies at 21 after being hit by car on training ride

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A CYCLING champion has died after being hit by a car while on a training ride.

Guy Timor – a member of the Israeli national team in track and road cycling – was due to fly out to Czech Republic for a race.

Cycling champion Guy Timor has died

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Cycling champion Guy Timor has diedCredit: @IsraelPremTech

But according to local media, he was hit by an “unlicensed drunk driver” who was trying to escape police near the Nehora interchange.

Police say in a statement that the suspect in his 20s was detained, Times of Israel say.

It is added that the initial investigation revealed the driver had previously been caught without a license.

The driver – who is said to have never held a license – hit Timor while trying to escape from police officers who ordered him to stop.

Timor represented Israel in recent years in the European and world championships.

He was a silver medalist in the 2024 Israeli Track Cycling Championship as well as winning silver in the U-23 Israeli Road Cycling Championship.

Timor’s coach Tzachi Bogen said: “It’s a huge and painful loss. It’s unbelievable how in one moment, a friend was taken from us.”

His team-mate Yonatan Turgeman added: “He was an amazing rider, always with a smile.

“There was nobody who didn’t want to ride with him. Every developed country has bicycle infrastructure.

“But not our country. We cannot protect ourselves.”

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