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by Shane Stokes
August 1, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Teuns wins stage 3 of the Tour of Poland, Sagan retakes lead; Barbero wins Circuito de Getxo ‘Memorial Ricardo Otxoa’; Jungels extends until 2020 with QuickStep Floors; Girdlestone celebrates ‘miraculous recovery,’ reaches important milestone; Legal action launched following fire at Rio 2016 Olympic velodrome; Vuelta stage 17 summit finish to include gradients of 28%; Broken bones, healing hands: fixing the pro peloton in Herentals; Participant dies in 2017 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey sportif; Video: In the Team car with Katusha-Alpecin
For the second year running, a participant in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey has passed away during the sportif event. The 67-year-old Maris Ozols suffered a cardiac arrest during Sunday’s event and was unable to be saved.
“With deep sadness, we confirm the death of a participant in the 2017 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46,” said the organisers in a release on Monday. “Maris Ozols, aged 67, was married with four children and lived in West London. He suffered a cardiac arrest on Cromwell Road at around the 13 mile mark and received immediate treatment from fellow riders and medical personnel at the scene.
“Everyone involved in Prudential RideLondon would like to express our sincere condolences to Maris’s family and friends. No further details will be released and the family has asked for privacy. The exact cause of death will be established by later medical examination.”
He had been taking part in the 46 mile event, with the longer 100 mile test taking place along the same roads as the professional race. “Maris lived life to the full,” said his son Martin. “He was a much loved husband, father and grandfather who refused to get old. He died doing what he loved.”
Last year 48-year-old Robin Chard suffered a cardiac arrest during the 100 mile event. A total of 28,032 riders took part in this year’s 100 and 46 sportives.
A fundraising page has been set up in Ozols’ memory, with proceeds going to the British Heart Foundation. It can be found here: https://www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/marisozols