Olympic mountain biker Burry Stander has died after being in collision with a car during a training ride on Thursday near his home in South Africa.

Stander’s death was confirmed by Cycling South Africa on Thursday evening. The 25 year old was fifth in the London 2012 Olympic Games cross-country mountain bike event.

Early reports suggest that Stander was hit by a taxi on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast whilst out riding with his wife, Cherise Stander, who is also a professional cyclist.

Burry Stander was the 2009 under-23 mountain bike world champion. This season he won round five of the UCI World Cup in Windham, USA, riding for the Specialized team.