Cyclist Junior Heffernan killed in Severn Bridge race crash

Junior Heffernan. Pic: Graham Robins Junior Heffernan's death was described as an "awful tragedy"

A cyclist has died in a crash with a car while competing in a road race in Gloucestershire.

Junior Heffernan, 23, from Yelverton in Devon, was taking part in the Severn Bridge Road Race.

He was involved in the collision near Olveston on the third lap of the 66-mile event. He died as a result of his injuries.

A spokesman for the Bristol Road Club, which organised the event, said: "This is an awful tragedy."

The 10-lap race in the South Gloucestershire area was abandoned following the crash.

Heffernan - known as "The Heff" - wrote on his blog on Friday: "This will be my first race alongside members of my new team, Team Herbalife-Leisurelakesbikes.com, proper racing!"

British Cycling president Brian Cookson said: "This is a tragedy which will profoundly sadden everyone associated with cycling in this country."

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