Cycling star Desiet Kidane Tekeste dies aged 21 after car hits bike

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A young cycling star, Desiet Kidane Tekeste, has died after being involved in a road traffic collision.

The Eritrean was a rising star in the sport, and the 21-year-old had taken the Junior African Road Championships in 2018 alongside the Junior African Individual Time Trial Championships.

The UCI tweeted: "With her constant smile, kindness, respect and deep passion for cycling, Desiet Kidane Tekeste was a rising young talent who will be greatly missed.

"Our thoughts are with her family, friends and @WCC_Cycling team-mates and coaches during this tragic time."

While her team, WCC, added: "Words can’t express our sadness to hear of the passing of 21-year-old UCI WCC athlete, Desiet Kidane Tekeste from Eritrea. We will miss you Desiet."

Tekeste had been present at the recent World Championships in Flanders, however, she didn't finish the gruelling four-hour event.

Her best results this season came in France, and she finished 18th in the Périgord Ladies, a one-day race in the Dordogne.

And Tekeste also managed a 22nd placed finish in the in the Choralis Fourmies Féminine, won by Britain's Pfeiffer Georgi.

Tekeste had a busy schedule in October, and the 21-year-old had already participated in four races last month.

This is the second incident is as many months that has rocked the cycling world.

In September, ahead of the World Championship, Chris Anker Sorensen, who as working as a pundit for Danish TV, was killed after being knocked off his bike in Flanders.

Tekeste competed at the race the following weekend, arguably her biggest of the season alongside the Baloise Ladies Tour.

Tributes have poured in over social media for the rising star.

The official Tour de France Femmes account tweeted: "Our sincerest condolences to her family and loved ones."

"RIP Desiet Kidane Tekeste Deepest of condolences to your family and friends. A young star gone too early," one fan added.

Former British Cycling president Brian Cookson wrote: "So sad to hear this. Condolences to her family and loved ones."

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