Romain Guyot, 23, was killed in a collision with a truck in Roche-sur-Yon, France, on Thursday

Promising French cyclist Romain Guyot has died after a collision with a truck in eastern France, according to Ouest France.

The 23-year-old was involved in an accident at a junction in Roche-sur-Yon, 60km south of Nantes, at around noon on Thursday, March 3.

Guyot rode as a trainee for Europcar in 2015, finishing ninth in the young rider classification at the Tour Languedoc-Roussillon in September.

The Angers native joined the Vendée Cycling Team in 2011 and was hoping to gain a professional contract at the end of the 2016 season.

Former Europcar teammate Pierre Rolland, now riding for Cannondale, wrote of his sadness of Guyot’s passing on Facebook.

“Today I hurt! we have once again lost one of our own… Just gone to practice… Gone too soon. Young, shining, very nice,” he wrote. “We bumped into each other a few times but I keep in memory his big smile. Rest in peace Roman. The world of cycling is crying.

“Tomorrow, I’m going to practice with a knot in my stomach, trying, like every day, to avoid a good number of motorists who can’t see us or [think] that we are of very little interest! I think a lot of them forget that their vehicle is a weapon for us cyclists/pedestrians. Unfortunately accidents and tragedies are multiplying! Rest in peace…”

  • badnoire

    So many accidents nowadays with fatal consequence these days. Is it because cycling has become so popular as a recreative sport or is there lesser tolerance in traffic towards cyclists in general. It might be both but I remember another very promising young Belgian cyclist that died during a kermesse course bumping into a car: 22-year old Jean-Pierre Monseré who already had won the Tour of Lombardy the year before. Jempi left behind a son who absurdly also died on his bike crashing into a car at the young age of just 7. We all remember Casartelli and Wouter Wijnands who died more recently during races. Death and cycling share a morbid allegiance it seems and if death is not met on the road then there still is a sad rate of famous cyclists who died far too young under sad circumstances after they stopped their career. Remember the Great Pantani and Frank Vandenbroucke….
    I did some amateur racing in my youth and one day one of my biggest adversaries didn’t show up anymore. He had died in a crash with his bike during training because for fore fork had broken of all of a sudden! When I started to realise the dangers of the sport I lost the drive to compete and win and pretty soon left the competition!
    RIP Romain and strenght to your friends and family…

  • Bodo Vosshenrich

    R.I.P. At te same time, living in France, I do not understand why people are cycling near, or in big towns. Apart from the Parisian region, in virtually all of France, you just have to make a few km (and why not by car ?) to be out of the cities and on empty country-roads. Yet, on the Strava-accounts of cyclists living near me, I regularly see that they include big agglomerations in their rides. The only accident I had in years was close to a big town (Montauban in SW France), and since I learned the lesson.

  • Neil Newman

    R.I.P. For the record that’s Western France not Eastern and is ‘La Roche-sur-Yon’