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Yaxley and Rhodes arrive home

Jeff Jones,
August 22, 2005, 1:00 BST,
April 21, 2009, 0:07 BST
Latest Cycling News for August 22, 2005

Australians Alexis Rhodes and Louise Yaxley have arrived home to continue their recovery in the wake...

Australians Alexis Rhodes and Louise Yaxley have arrived home to continue their recovery in the wake of last month's tragic road accident in Germany. Rhodes touched down at Adelaide International Airport on Sunday morning and was transferred by ambulance to her home. She was accompanied on the flight by her mother Jenny Rhodes and a doctor who monitored her condition throughout the trip.

"She is obviously a bit tired but she handled the flight really well and managed to get some sleep on the plane," said Jenny Rhodes. "I can't stress enough how great Qantas was from the ground staff to the pilots. The way they looked after us was incredible.

"Alexis doesn't want to speak with the media yet as she is focussed on her recovery," said Mrs Rhodes. Rhodes was resting at home after the flight. Doctors this week will determine a schedule for her continuing treatment and rehabilitation.

A schedule for Yaxley will also be put in place this week after she arrived home in Launceston this morning. Yaxley was also accompanied by a medical escort as well as her boyfriend Mark Padget and her mother Annette. Her trip was also incident free and a media conference with her is likely to be organised for later this week.

Yaxley and Rhodes were the last two injured riders to return to Australia.

Amy's family and Cycling Australia have established the Amy Gillett-Safe Cycling Foundation to honour her memory. The Foundation will assist with the recovery of her injured team mates, fund a sporting and academic scholarship program for promising female cyclists, and promote road safety awareness amongst cyclists and motorists. People wishing to donate to the Foundation should visit the Cycling Australia website at and follow the links from the home page.

Related stories:
August 18: Rhodes and Yaxley bound for home
August 14: Yaxley and Rhodes continue to make progress
August 8: More support for Gillett-Safe Cycling Foundation
August 3: Rhodes and Yaxley out of intensive care
July 29: Amy Gillett's life recalled in moving service
July 28: Rhodes and Yaxley recovery 'amazing'
July 24: Yaxley improving, Rhodes still unconscious
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

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