Australian cyclists still critical
Tuesday, July 19, 2005 11.00pm
Two members of the AIS women's team are still listed as critical following Monday's training crash i
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Australian Institute of Sport team members Alexis Rhodes and Louise Yaxley are still listed as being in a critical but stable condition following the training crash on Monday that claimed the life of 29-year-old team-mate Amy Gillett. Six AIS team members were hit by a car that is reported to have veered across the road while they were training near the German town of Zeulenroda, 80km south of Leipzig
Team members Katie Brown, Lorian Graham and Kate Nichols were also injured in the incident. Brown and Nichols are said to be satisfactory after having surgery on their injuries, while, according to Cycling Australia, Graham is due to be moved today to the same hospital in Jena were they are being treated.
Brown has a seriously fractured leg, while Nichols has soft tissue damage and torn tendons in her hand. Graham suffered multiple fractures of her knees, fingers and both collarbones.
Cycling Australia performance director Shayne Bannan arrived in Zeulenroda on Tuesday, while the riders' families are due to start arriving from Australia today.
The organisers of the Thuerignen Rundfahrt, in which the AIS team was due to be competing from yesterday, held a memorial service for Gillett in Zeulenroda on Tuesday evening. Floral tributes have been laid at the site of the incident and a cross bearing Gillett's name has been erected.
Cycling Australia president Mike Victor told The Australian, "It will take a long time to get over it. It's very devastating and potentially the biggest tragedy to have hit the sport in this country. We were counting on them to take over the mantle in the years to come."
Gillett, who competed in the 1996 Olympics in Australia's rowing eight, had said that her ambition was to win gold in the individual time trial at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.
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