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…”