Double tragedy mars Cape Town Cycle Tour

2018-03-11 20:00
Cape Town Cycle Tour (Twitter)

Cape Town - Two cyclists have died during the 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour, the largest timed race in the world, on Sunday.

The deaths were confirmed by race organisers.

“The first was a trauma incident just before 09:00 on the M3 southbound in which a group of 20 cyclists were involved in a pile up," Nicole Felix from the tour's media office said.

"One of the cyclists succumbed to the injuries he sustained in this incident."

The 40-year-old's name was not released as the family had asked that their privacy be respected during this time.

"In the second incident a male participant succumbed to a suspected heart attack at Smitswinkel Bay at approximately 10:22. Once again we are respecting the family's wishes and not releasing his name."

Now in its 40th year, the Cape Town Cycle Tour sees around 35 000 cyclists participating each year.

Read more on:    cape town cycle tour  |  cycling


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Besides the 'Big 3' of rugby, cricket and soccer, which of the 'smaller' sports in South Africa do you enjoy the most?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.