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Tributes paid to Nell

Cycling South Africa has paid tribute to Jeanne Nell, who died following a racing crash in Cape Town on Tuesday.

Nell, the national Keirin champion, was in contention for a place in the South Africa team for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

A statement from the national governing body read: "Nell sustained fatal head injuries in a tragic fall during a Keirin race at the Bellville Velodrome in Cape Town last night (Tuesday), and died later in hospital."

Cycling SA president William Newman said: "The track cycling community is a close community, we're all like family.

"This is very sad news and we have lost a family member, who was a great role model and a true gentleman."

Cycling SA track commission director Johan Smith added: "South Africa's cycling community today mourns the loss of not only one of its top sprinters, but even more so the loss of one of its most beloved sons.

"Jeanne will be missed for much more than his cycling talent. He was a true champion, and led by example, both on and off the track.

"Larger than life, he stole so many hearts with his boyish charm and exuberance. This is indeed a very, very sad day."