Shock as sports champion dies aged 40

Former Tour de France star Lieuwe Westra has died at the age of 40.

The Dutchman passed away on Saturday after being found unresponsive at his business premises in Zwaagdijk, Holland.

CPR was performed on him but he was unable to be resuscitated.

The cyclist’s biographer Thomas Sijtsma confirmed the news last night as a host of tributes soon poured in for the late ace.

A Twitter post from him read: “The former cyclist fought with himself in recent years and lost. Rest in peace, beast.”

Sijtsma stressed that there was “no suggestion of suicide” at this stage.

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