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Last Updated: Wednesday January 16 2008 12:40 GMT

Cycling champ dies in road crash

Jason MacIntyre - photo by Imacimages

A cycling champion has died after a crash with a van while he was out training near his home in Scotland.

Jason MacIntyre, a triple British and Scottish champion time trial cyclist, died on his way to hospital after the accident on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old lived in Fort William with his wife Caroline and his eight-year-old twin girls.

Scottish Cycling president Jock Shaw said Jason was a "true champion" and one of the country's finest cyclists.

Jason didn't start cycling until he was 18, but by the age of 23 he had won the Tour of the North in Ireland.

In 2002, he was chosen to represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

Last year, he broke the Scottish 10-mile time-trial record set by a former world record-holder.

'One of our finest'

The day before he died, he had been given funding to help him train for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, and he was also hoping to make the British Olympic team.

Scottish Cycling president Jock Shaw said: "We have lost one of our finest cyclists."

Police in Scotland have carried out a full investigation and have written a report about the accident.

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