Former Europcar rider Romain Guyot, 23, dies in collision with a truck in France

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

Romain Guyot (Photo: Vendée U)

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..."

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.