Australian cyclist Jason Lowndes has died at the age of 23 after being hit by a car while training.
Israel Cycling Academy announced the rider’s death in a statement on Friday morning, saying:
“We are deeply grieved by the tragic death of our dear friend, rider, and teammate, JASON LOWNDES.
JASON, who just celebrated his 23rd birthday 8 days ago, was hit by a car while training today on his bike near his home town in Bendigo, Victoria.
Jason raced for Israel Cycling Academy during the 2017 season and his constant broad smile, ever cheerful personality, and warm heart will be terribly missed forever by all of us.
We wish to send our deep condolences to Jason’s family and friends all over the world.
Good bye, wonderful mate.”
Lowndes, an emerging sprinter, raced for Drapac Professional Cycling team in 2016 and spent this season with the Israel Cycling Academy before signing with British Continental team JLT-Condor for next year.