Tribute to Cardiff Ajax cyclist Ben Carroll after crash

Ben Carroll
Image caption Mr Carroll was taken to hospital, but later died

The family of a cyclist who died while taking part in a road race has paid tribute to a "fantastic, caring son".

Ben Carroll, 26, from the Cardiff Ajax cycling club had been taking part in the Abergavenny Festival of Cycling handicap race on Tuesday.

He died and another cyclist was injured after they collided with a van on the A40 Old Raglan Road near the town.

A family statement said he "died doing exactly what he his road bike".

Gwent Police said the incident happened on the A40 between the Steelhorse Cafe and the Hardwick roundabout at about 20:50 BST on Tuesday.

The cyclists had been heading towards Abergavenny while the van had been travelling in the opposite direction.

Mr Carroll was taken to Nevill Hall hospital after the crash but later died.

A family statement said: "He was the oak tree at the centre of all his friends; tall, strong and dependable.

"He always went out of his way for his friends and family.

"Everyone would gather at his base, for social events, parties and sports.

"He always strived to be the best at what he loved, be it biking or climbing.

"Lived life to the full and wasn't afraid to try anything new.

"A fantastic caring son, brother, grandson and friend. Our lovely big boy Ben.

"Quick witted, sensitive and gentle. Ben died doing exactly what he loved and wanted to be doing - racing his road bike.

"Wear the yellow jersey for us Ben, you'll always be our race leader."

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