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RAAM winner Jure Robic dies in traffic accident

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Robic rides through Colorado on his way to his fifth RAAM victory.

Five-time winner of the Race Across America, Jure Robic, died of injuries suffered in traffic accident in his native Slovenia on Friday.

Robic was struck by a car about five kilometers from his home, while descending a narrow mountain road in the Karavanke mountain range near the town of Jesenice.

The 45-year-old Robic was widely regarded as the world’s best ultra-endurance cyclist, setting a host of records in the discipline and winning RAAM five times, including this year.

According to a preliminary report from the Kranj Police Authority, the accident occurred at around 2:00 p.m. when Robic was struck by a car driven by a 55-year-old local resident. Robic died at the scene.

The report noted that the cause of the accident is still under investigation.

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