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Updated: Police identify man who died after falling ill while cycling

Cyclist aged in 60s fell ill at Costa Coffee on Poynton, Cheshire on Saturday morning

Police in Cheshires ay they have identified a man who died after he fell ill when he stopped for a coffee during a bike ride.

The man, aged in his 60s, became ill as he went into a branch of Costa Coffee in Poynton at 8.30 on the morning of Saturday 21 November.

He was taken to Stepping Hill Hospital, where he later died. Police issued an appeal to try and identify him, and confirmed on Monday morning that they had discovered who he was.

Cheshire Police had said that the cyclist, described as “white, 6ft tall, of slim build with short greying brown hair which is receding, and brown eyes,” did not have identification on him.

The man was riding a De Rosa Merak bike and was dressed in “a red cycling top with black markings, black cycling shorts and silver, yellow and blue cycling shoes.”

Launching the appeal at the weekend, Sergeant Andy Baker of Cheshire Police commented: “The man had no ID on him, no bank cards, no phone, nothing to help us identify him so we can tell his family the sad news.

“We have been making extensive enquiries but we still have no idea who this man could be. I would urge anyone who recognises his description or the bike pictured, to contact us.”

Anyone who has information is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 288 of 21 November 2015.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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