A 30-year-old British man died after crashing during the bike leg of Ironman France.

Ironman LogoA 30-year-old British man died during the bike leg of Ironman Nice after a fatal crash. The man, who has not been named but is believed to be from London, went off the road on a corner during a high-speed descent and crashed into a wall in Tourrettes-sur-Loup.  He suffered major head injury as a result of the crash.

A spokesman for the emergency services said: “We were unable to revive him at the scene, and following an emergency airlift by helicopter he died en route to hospital at Nice airport.”

Competition organiser Yves Cordier said: “It was probably driver error that caused the athlete to skid, so that his head hit a rock, causing a concussion. Our primary duty is to support this man’s family and let the police carry out an investigation before we create rumours. We must protect the family.”

News of the fatality left the racegoers shocked, but the event continued, with Belgian Frederiek van Lierde taking first place in record time. Van Lierde led a minute’s silence for the victim during the medal ceremony.

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