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Cape Town Cycle Tour marred by three deaths

The Cape Town Cycle Tour saw two deaths on Sunday, one due to a heart attack, the other after a pile-up. A third person died in hospital on Monday.

Cape Town Cycle Tour marred by three deaths

Three people have died after taking part in the 40th edition of the 109km Cape Town Cycle Tour, which took place on Sunday.

There were two deaths on the day of the event, one due to a pile-up involving a group of 20 cyclists on the M3 southbound, and the other as a result of a heart attack suffered during the race.

The third passing, a Rotary marshal who died on Monday in hospital, is still under investigation, reported Cape Town Etc.

"Three families are mourning" – CT tour spokesperson

Cape Town Cycle Tour spokesperson David Bellairs confirmed the deaths on Monday.

"For the vast majority of our cyclists and those working behind the scenes, the 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour reached a successful culmination after months of hard work," Bellairs said.

"But three families are in mourning for the three lives lost on the route this year.

"One cyclist succumbed to his wounds at the scene of a pileup with other cyclists at the base of Wynberg Hill, another is suspected to have experienced a heart attack going up the hill at Smitswinkel Bay, and, as stated, we are awaiting confirmation regarding the marshal."

Later on, Bellairs confirmed the passing of the marshal.

"There was an incident on the descent from Suikerbossie and into Llandudno yesterday. A marshal was hospitalised and we received news that he subsequently passed away. We are at this point unclear on the exact nature of the incident and how it occurred. It is currently being investigated.

"Our hearts and prayers are with the families at this very sad time. We have extended our most sincere condolences."

35,000 participants

This year's edition of the Cape Town Cycle Tour saw nearly 35,000 riders take to the course.

The men's 109km race was won by the South African Nolan Hoffman with a time of 2:37:30, while Kim le Court triumphed in the 79km women’s race in 2:11:50.


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