Former Australian cyclist Jonathan Cantwell dies aged 36

The Australian cycling community is mourning the death of former professional Jonathan Cantwell.

The 36-year-old died on Tuesday night, survived by his wife and two children.

Ride Media reports he had spent “much of the day with family and friends”, with no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

A sprinter before retiring in 2014, Cantwell revealed in July last year that he had beaten a bout of testicular cancer.

The cyclist made his long-awaited Grand Tour debut riding for Team Saxo Bank in the 2012 Tour de France.

Former Australian professional cyclist Jonathan Cantwell has died aged 36. Pic: Getty

His final season as a professional was spent riding with Australian team Drapac.

The cycling community came together as one to mourn the much-loved Cantwell on Wednesday.

Olympic champion Anna Meares led the tributes on social media:

Cantwell had raced in the United States and Australia for much of his career before his big break with Saxo Bank.

He finished sixth in the fourth stage of the 2012 Tour de France and placed 137th overall.

Cantwell recorded two stage wins on the 2009 Herald Sun Tour in Victoria and two more in the 2012 Tour de Taiwan.

Following his retirement from professional cycling and battle with cancer, he represented Australia in the 35-39 age group at the world triathlon grand final on the Gold Coast in September this year.

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