Slovenian cyclist Jure Robic dies in traffic accident aged 45
September 25, 2010
Jure Robic, the Slovenian cyclist who won the Race Across America five times has died in a traffic colision at the the age of 45. Robic died after colliding with a 55-year-old driver while riding down hill Jesenice. He was on a training ride while preparing for the Australia's Crocodile Trophy mountain bike race. An investigation into the accident has begun.
Robic was a five time winner of the Race Across America men's solo five times with his first victory was in 2004. He dropped out of the 2009 race while in second place because of a time penalty he felt that he unfairly received. His last victory in the race was earlier this year. Robic's five wins is a record in men's solo races.
Before competing in ultra-marathons, Robic was a member of the Slovenian national cycling team from 1988 to 1994. He twice set the world record for the 24 hour road race and won the Race across Slovenia three times. During his career he had over 100 victories and 150 podium finishes.
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