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Australian track cyclist found dead

Jobie Dajka, a professional track cyclist from Australia, was found dead at his home on Tuesday. The cause of the death is still under investigation. The news was broken by Nine Network.

Dajka had trouble in his career. In 2004 he was dumped from the Olympics team for lying about a doping inquiry. In 2005 he was given a three-year suspension by Cycling Australia for assault on Australia's head track coach, Martin Barras. In 2006 he received a suspended three-month jail term for that incident.

The three-year suspension was lifted early and afterwards Dajka admitted to having alcohol related problems and to have suffered depression.

Some of Dajka's successes include a team sprint Commonwealth gold in 2002 and the 2003 Worlds title in the keirin event.

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Based in the southeastern United States, Peter produces race coverage for all disciplines, edits news and writes features. The New Jersey native has 30 years of road racing and cyclo-cross experience, starting in the early 1980s as a Junior in the days of toe clips and leather hairnets. Over the years he's had the good fortune to race throughout the United States and has competed in national championships for both road and 'cross in the Junior and Masters categories. The passion for cycling started young, as before he switched to the road Peter's mission in life was catching big air on his BMX bike.