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The cycling world is in mourning after a champion rider dies at young age Twitter/Voxwomen
Sharon Laws via Twitter_Voxwomen

The sport of cycling lost one of its greatest female riders.

TheGuardian.com reports British cyclist Sharon Laws lost her fight against cervical cancer. Laws had been one of the top female cyclists for over a decade, winning the British road race championship in 2012 and competing in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

The women?s professional racing organization Voxwomen tweeted the news on behalf of the family.

A representative from the British Cycling Association released a statement saying in part: ?She was as big-hearted and determined in life as she was on a bike, and represented her country and her sport with distinction.?

Laws was 43.

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