Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 7, 2016

Today’s CT Daily News Digest: Bouhanni punches through to take Dauphine field sprint; Opie wins second stage at Tour of Korea; Porte seeks Tour leadership at Dauphiné;  Hepburn returning focus back to the track for Rio; Canadian cycling legend Jocelyn Lovell passes away; Paul Lew joins EDCO Engineering; Cyclist dies after collision with London bus; Specialized Foundation to fund research about exercise effects on ADHD; Recap: Critérium du Dauphiné stage 1; An Post Ras with Neon Velo; On-board video from Dauphiné prologue; Anatomy of a bike throw

Canadian cycling legend Jocelyn Lovell passes away

by Mark Zalewski

Canadian cycling legend Jocelyn Lovell died Friday at the age of 65. The three-time Olympian won more than 35 national titles, both on the road and track. However, his career was cut short in 1983 when he was hit by a truck while training.

The accident resulted in spinal cord injuries, paralysing Lovell from the neck-down. He spent the rest of his live as an advocate for spinal cord research.

“It’s tough. I’ve often said had JL been alive in the 2000s and active in racing he would have been one of the best in the world,” said fellow Canadian cycling champion Alex Stieda.

He represented Canada at three Olympic Games (1968, 1972 and 1976), and won six Commonwealth Games medals, including four golds, as well as a world championship silver medal in 1978 and gold medals at two Pan American Games (1971, 1975).

“He just was such a world-class athlete on the track at a time when track cycling wasn’t well understood in North America and he was also very strong on the road,” said Cycling Canada president John Tolkamp.

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