Bob Maitland, hero of 1948 London Olympics, dies in France

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Bob Maitland, Olympic silver medallist in the 1948 London Games, died yesterday (August 26) in hospital in Metz, France.

He was 86. The Birmingham rider had been  in a critical condition since suffering a heart attack on August 4, when in the headquarters of the Semaine Federal cycle event at Verdun in Eastern France, where he was attending a trade show.

He was treated by paramedics immediately and taken to Metz hospital where he was  placed in intensive care.

A hero of the 1948 Olympic road race at Windsor Great Park, Maitland was placed 6th, Britain's best finisher,  leading the British team to silver medal position in the team race.

Maitland remained fit throughout his life, taking part in the marathon Paris-Brest-Paris when in his 70s.

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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.