POLICE have named the cyclist killed in a collision on the A66 as a 61-year-old Sunderland fan.
Sean Ruff, from Cleadon village, was killed on Tuesday after in an accident involving an Argos delivery wagon.
Mr Ruff had been married for 31 years and leaves behind a wife and four children.
His family said in a statement: “Sean was a devoted family man. He was a hugely committed and highly principled man who gave 100% to everything he did – family, sport, rugby coach, fundraiser and passionate Sunderland supporter.
“He was an avid cyclist and always wore the correct cycling safety equipment and clothing.
“He died doing something he loved and will be sorely missed. We would hope that any witnesses would come forward to assist the police with their enquiries into his tragic death.”
The incident happened at around 6.25pm on the A66 westbound near to the Eaglescliffe slip road.
A 49-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been bailed pending further enquiries.
Any witnesses to the incident are asked to contact Sgt Andy Lawson or Pc Tina Lackenby at the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit on the non-emergency 101 number, quoting reference number 085662.