ALAN Huntington, who rode in the first Milk Race in 1958 before turning professional and moving to France, has died at the age of 72.

Born in Derby, Huntington was a regular sight around his adoptive home of Sheffield, and began his career with the Grimesthorpe Olympic before moving on to the Falcon Road Club.

He turning semi-professional and rode the first Milk Race Tour of Britain of 1958, and the following year he joined Tony Hewson and Vic Sutton to earn his living racing full time abroad in France.

His aggressive style of riding during his 17-year career caught the eye of sponsors, and he formed part of several professional teams including Henry Holmes Cycles (Sheffield), Carlton Cycles (Worksop), Croad Automatic (Keighley) and Rasoir Remington (Rheims).