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Katie Archibald reveals she tried to save life of partner Rab Wardell

Mountain biker died following cardiac arrest in bed yesterday morning – just two days after winning Scottish national championship

Katie Archibald has revealed how she desperately tried to save the life of her partner Rab Wardell, who suffered a fatal cardiac arrest in bed yesterday morning, just 48 hours after he had won the Scottish MTB XC Championship, and has also spoken of her devastation at his death.

> XCO racer Rab Wardell dies two days after winning Scottish Championship

In an emotional post on Twitter earlier today, Archibald said: “I think you've heard that Rab died yesterday morning.

“I still don't understand what's happened; if this is real; why he'd be taken now – so healthy and happy.

“He went into cardiac arrest while we were lying in bed. I tried and tried, and the paramedics arrived within minutes, but his heart stopped and they couldn't bring him back.

“Mine stopped with it,” the 28-year-old continued. “I love him so much and need him here with me. I need him here so badly, but he's gone. I can't describe this pain.”

> “Utterly heartbreaking” – Rab Wardell tributes

The two-time Olympic champion thanked everyone who had paid tribute to Wardell, adding: “I can't bear to talk about him in the past tense to say anything myself. You mean everything to me, Rab. I love you.”

The evening before his death Wardell, aged 37 had appeared on BBC Scotland's The Nine programme, where he spoke about his national championship victory on Sunday despite puncturing three times during the race at Kirroughtree Forest, Dumfries & Galloway.

“To be honest, it was a bit of a disaster, but I just have to keep on trucking and keep racing,” he said.

“I guess I still felt confident that I'd be able to catch the leaders and win so I just gave it my best shot – what more can you do?” added Wardell.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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Toffee | 1 year ago

Honestly, that scenario for Katie is just too much to take. I hope she has the support she needs right now, because nobody deserves to go through that.

galibiervelo | 1 year ago

RIP Rob.

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