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Wollek dies in bicycle accident

Sports car ace Bob Wollek, a winner of the world's premier endurance races at Daytona and Le Mans, died Friday after being struck by a car while riding his bicycle near the International Raceway.

The 57-year-old Frenchman was to compete today in the 12 Hours of Sebring, an event he won in 1985.

He was riding west on U.S. 98 when he was struck from behind at approximately 4:30 p.m. He was taken to Highlands Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The accident is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol, which provided no further details. The hospital also refused to release any information.

Born in France, "Brilliant Bob" had won just about all the major endurance events in the sport _ and all in Porsches. Having raced for more than 25 years, his titles included two class wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, four overall wins at the 24 Hours of Daytona and a class win and an overall victory at the 12 Hours of Sebring.

He was a member of the 1960 French Olympic downhill ski team.

He is survived by his widow, Michelle.

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