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Cycling legend Bob dies at 86

FORMER Olympic cyclist Bob Maitland has died in France at the age of 86.

FORMER Olympic cyclist Bob Maitland has died in France at the age of 86.

He suffered a heart attack in early August while in France attending a cycling event .

From that point Maitland remained in a critical condition before passing away last week having been in intensive care at Metz hospital.

Fellow cycling star Harry Reynolds paid tribute to him this week and claimed: “He was my hero! He helped me enormously when I first started out in cycling.”

A vice president of Solihull Cycling Club, Maitland competed as a professional for the BSA team and rode for Great Britain in the 1955 Tour de France.

Recognised as one of the shrewdest riders of his generation, Maitland was a quality cyclist in all forms of the sport that included road races, time trials and even hill climbs. He even excelled on a tandem and held a variety of national records, some of which stood for years.

Maitland’s major success came at the 1948 Olympics when he won a silver medal representing Britain in the road race, where he was the first English rider home.

He later went onto become a world veteran champion as well.

Harry Reynolds added: “He was someone that I always looked up to. Bob was a very good coach, a clever rider and a great all-rounder.

“I once went over to his house in Sutton Coldfield and the place was like a treasure trove - there were trophies everywhere.”

 

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