Former Great Britain cyclist Sharon Laws dies aged 43

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Sharon Laws passes away, aged 42 - Getty Images 

Former British cycling road race champion Sharon Laws has died, aged 43, after being diagnosed with cervical cancer in October 2016.

Laws won the British national time trial title in 2008, was national road race champion in 2012 and won team time trial bronze at the 2012 Worlds.

Laws, a professional racer for almost a decade, also helped Nicole Cooke to Olympic gold in 2008.

The Kenyan-born cyclist, who  retired in August 2016, started six months of chemotherapy shortly after learning her diagnosis. 

Sharon Laws (far right) with the UCI Road World Championships Great Britain team  Credit: Getty Images 

“This morning the cycling world lost a champion, a friend, a rider with a huge smile and a fantastic laugh. Sharon Laws passed away early this morning after her fight with cancer," read a statement from Voxwomen on behalf of Laws' family.

"Her mum Joy and her family have asked for privacy at this time. RIP Sharon Laws 1974-2017.”