Bob Maitland, silver medallist in the 1948 London Olympic Games road race and a former Tour de France rider, is reported to have a had heart attack while on holiday in France.
The 86-year-old Solihull rider is in hospital in Metz. He was taken ill while out walking.
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Maitland was a member of the 1948 British Olympic team which finished second in the team standings in the road race in Windsor Great Park. He placed sixth, the best British finisher.