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Tributes as top Kenyan cyclist, Sule Kangangi, dies in US crash

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The death of Kangangi (left) pictured here with Rachel Ruto, has been described as a big loss.jpg

Tributes have poured in for the Kenyan cyclist Sule Kangangi who died while competing in a race in the United States.

He had been participating in the Vermont Overland race on Sunday where he reportedly suffered a fatal crash, according to a statement by his team.

The 33-year-old was competing alongside his fellow Kenyan cyclists John Kariuki, Nancy Akinyi and Uganda’s Jordan Schleck.

“Heart-breaking. My thoughts are with Sule’s friends and family,” Kenyan-born British cyclist Chris Froome posted on Twitter.

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Rachel Ruto, the wife of Kenya’s president-elect William Ruto, described Kangangi’s death as a loss of “a friend and a mentor” to East Africa’s cycling community.

Kangangi won the men’s edition of the first gravel race held in East Africa at the iconic Maasai Mara game reserve in Kenya.

He also represented Kenya at the Tour du Rwanda contest, Commonwealth Games and All Africa games.

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