Albert Beurick, the British racing cyclists' friend, is dead

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Belgian Albert Beurick, who ran the Café del Engel in Ghent, and who helped many British cyclists over the years, died on Saturday night. He was 72.

Only a few months ago he had a heart pace maker fitted. Beurick is famous among UK racing cyclists for befriending and assisting two top Brits achieve their goals. They were Tom Simpson who in 1965 became the first UK world professional road champion and Graham Webb, who won the amateur title two years later

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Keith Bingham joined the Cycling Weekly team in the summer of 1971, and retired in 2011. During his time, he covered numerous Tours de France, Milk Races and everything in-between. He was well known for his long-running 'Bikewatch' column, and played a pivotal role in fighting for the future of once at-threat cycling venues such as Hog Hill and Herne Hill Velodrome.