All five Australian Institute of Sport riders are now back in Australia receiving treatment for inju
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Australian Institute of Sport team members Alexis Rhodes and Louise Yaxley have arrived home in Australia to continue their recovery in the wake of last month’s tragic road accident in Germany. The pair, along with Kate Nichols, Katie Brown and Lorian Graham were injured when a car crossed onto their side of the road while they were out training for a race in Germany last month. Champion cyclist and Olympic rower Amy Gillett was killed instantly in the incident.
Rhodes touched down at Adelaide International Airport on Monday 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 focused 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, Tasmania 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.