Former national champion Albert Hitchen dies aged 76

Albert Hitchen won the British National Championship road race in 1963 and 1965 in his 15-year professional career

Albert Hitchen after winning the London-York race in 1964 (Photo: Brian Townsley/CC2.0)

Tributes are being paid to former two-time British champion Albert Hitchin who has died suddenly at the age of 76.

Hitchen's professional career spanned from 1959 to 1973, in which time he recorded 30 victories including the national title in 1963 and 1965, as well as two Lincoln Grand Prix victories.

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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.