French cycling mourning the loss of Arnaud Coyot, who died in a car crash on Sunday
French cyclist Arnaud Coyot, who retired from the pro peloton in 2012, has died in a car accident.
Last Updated: 01/12/13 2:19pm
Coyot was a passenger in a car, driven by current Cofidis rider Guillaume Levarlet, which was involved in a crash in northern France early on Sunday morning.
Levarlet is reported to have lost control of the car in the town of Allonne but he and AG2R La Mondiale rider Sebastien Minard were uninjured.
"The driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a concrete pillar that fell almost on the passenger seat," according to the prosecutor in nearby Beauvais.
The prosecutor refused to comment on reports in French newspaper Le Parisien that alleged Levarlet had been drinking. Agence France Presse further reported he had been taken into custody.
Coyot turned professional in 2003 and retired last year - he was with the Saur-Sojasun team in his final season.
His best big-race result came in 2005 when he finished 10th in the Paris-Roubaix classic, and he rode in the Tour de France on four occasions.