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Prudhomme wants Froome case certainty; cycling mourns loss of Lowndes: Daily News Digest
Tributes are being paid to the professional rider Jason Lowndes, who died after being hit by a car while out riding near Bendigo. The likeable Australian was building up for the new season, and was honing his form prior to the national championships in early January.
He was tenth in the under 23 race in 2017, months after taking a superb sixth in the world under 23 championship road race. This season, he took top five stage finishes in the Tour of Austria, the Tour of Korea, the Tour of Portugal plus the Baltic Chain Tour. More recently, he was third in last weekend’s Shimano Super Crit in Melbourne.
Lowndes was struck from behind by a car just after 10 am on Friday. Although he was flown to hospital doctors were unable to save him. He competed for the Drapac Pro Cycling team in 2016 and raced with Israel Cycling Academy in 2017. He was set to move to JLT Condor next year. Based in Girona during the European season, he had a wide number of friends there.
They and others paid tribute to him on Friday.
Finding it hard to believe cycling and the entire world has lost an amazing person today. What a nightmare. Rest in peace @jasonlowndes94
— Koen de Kort (@koendekort) December 22, 2017
Lost a great friend and even better drinking partner today. Truly lost for words.
Gonna miss you Lowndsey ?
— Ryan Mullen (@ryanmullen9) December 22, 2017
Horrific news like this really highlights how dangerous it is currently riding on Australian roads. I’ve been back a few days and multiple incidents already. Respect and change needs to happen.
— Freddy Ovett (@FreddyOvett) December 22, 2017
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