Former Spanish mountain bike champion Iñaki Lejarreta died on Sunday after being hit by a car while on a training ride. Lejarreta, 29, was riding in the town of Iuretta in the Basque country when the vehicle struck him, knocking him to the pavement and sending his bike flying to the other side of a cement crash barrier. The nephew of 1982 Vuelta a España winner Marino Lejarreta, Iñaki competed in the 2008 Olympics and was expecting his first child with wife Naiara Telletxea in January.
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