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Triathlete killed in freak accident during French Riviera Iron Man

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A London city banker has been killed in what was described as a freak accident on the French Riviera, an inquest heard.

Rob Evans was competing in an Iron Man event in the medieval village of Tourrettes-sur-Loup on June 23 last year when he fell off his bike and hit his head on a rock after losing control.

The athlete, who worked as vice-president at Bank of America Merril Lynch, was airlifted to a hospital in the nearby city of Nice, but died in the ambulance after suffering fatal head injuries.

Mr Evans’ father, Nigel, attended the inquest on August 28 and was informed that the death was accidental.

According to the London Evening Standard, an eye witness saw the 30-year-old swerving during a fast decent, before he collided with the rock.

A report into the tragic accident claimed that Mr Evans may have been cycling too fast during the gruelling pursuit.

Emma Thompson, girlfriend of Mr Evans, has raised more than £8,000 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, and has since competed in a London triathlon and Amsterdam marathon – both of which her boyfriend had signed up for.

She said: “An air ambulance was there in Rob’s time of need in France and the EAAA has become a charity close to my heart.

“Despite having a high-flying City job Rob was at heart a Norfolk boy and so it seems right that the charity should be EAAA.”

“There are no words to describe how much Rob was loved and is missed by us all.

“When I remember Rob it is always a smiley, happy, laughing Rob that I think of.

“He was an amazing sportsman and triathlete and always gave 110 per cent in everything he took on.

“And Rob had time for everyone.

“The thing I remember most about him is the sheer number of people who came up to me after he died and told me that he was their best friend.”

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