Irish national team rider Paul Healion died in a road accident on Sunday night (16 August). Healion won the sixth stage of this year’s FBD Insurance Ras in Castlebar and the Irish national criterium championship.
The 31-year-old was involved in a single-vehicle car crash near Ardee, County Louth.
Healion has been one of the stars of the sport in Ireland for almost a decade, winning the national time-trial championship in 2000 and 2008, as well as taking victories at the Ras Mumhan, Tour of Ulster and Tour of the North.
He was also a member of the Irish track pursuit team, with an eye to competing at the 2012 Olympics in London.
In recent years, he has ridden for professional teams Driving Force Logistics, Team Murphy & Gunn and Pezula.
As a member of the Irish national team, Healion was due to take part in the Tour of Ireland, which starts on Friday.
Healion wins FBD Ras stage