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Cycling News Update for July 19, 2005

Date published:
July 19, 2005, 1:00 BST
  • Condolensces and tributes

    Article published:
    July 19, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Gerard Knapp

    Cyclingnews has now published three pages of tributes from cyclists and supporters from around the...

    Cyclingnews has now published three pages of tributes from cyclists and supporters from around the world who've been affected by this tragedy. Please see: Amy Gillett: Tributes, 1976-2005, Part 1, and Part 2, Part 3 (posted July 21) and Part 4 (posted July 22).

    Cycling Australia has also established an email link for people who wish to send condolence messages to the family of Amy Gillett or to pass on their thoughts and wishes to those injured. Go to Cycling Australia's web site and follow the link on the home page.

    Related stories:
    July 21: AIS head 'optimistic' about recovery; 'Brownie' tries his best
    July 19: Unprecedented carnage in GermanyJuly 18: Amy Gillett dead after crash in Germany

  • Unprecedented carnage in Germany

    Louise Yaxley waits for the start of the TT stage at the Tour de l'Aude
    Article published:
    July 19, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Gerard Knapp

    By Gerard Knapp A clearly shaken head of Australian cycling's governing body updated the assembled...

    By Gerard Knapp

    A clearly shaken head of Australian cycling's governing body updated the assembled media about the condition of the female cyclists from the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) cycling team that were struck yesterday in Germany while on a training ride (see earlier report).

    At a press conference held at the Dunc Gray Velodrome in Sydney, Graham Fredericks, CEO of Cycling Australia, said the sport was still in shock over the tragedy that took the life of one rider, Amy Gillett, and put her five team-mates in hospital.

    The riders were "out for a bit of a leg-stretch" after the long drive up from Italy and had decided to check over the time trial course for the Thuringen Rundfahrt, Germany's major tour for female cyclists. Riding as a group, they were on a descent and understood to have picked up some speed, when they were struck head-on by an out-of-control car being driven in the opposite direction.

    The impact of the crash left almost unparalled destruction among a cycling team, at least among Cyclingnews' archives of serious accidents. To have one rider left dead and another five hospitalised - and all from the same team - is virtually unprecedented carnage.

    Fredericks provided updates on the team and he said every person in Australia was holding out for the riders in serious condition. The story had become the lead item for all major news outlets, with Prime Minister John Howard releasing a statement earlier in the day expressing his sorrow.

    Based on information made available, the latest status on the team is as follows:

    Alexis Rhodes, 20 - still in the intensive care unit and her condition is described as "critical". Alexis is understood to have multiple fractures in the thoracic region (the part of the trunk between the neck and the abdomen);
    Louise Yaxley, 23 - now stabilised, but her condition is still...