Gillett visits injured cyclists

The husband of Amy Gillett, killed when training for a race in Germany this week, has visited her in

The husband of Amy Gillett, killed when training for a race in Germany this week, has visited her in


Simon Gillett, husband of Australian Institute of Sport rider Amy Gillett who died on Monday after being in collision with a car, today visited her five team-mates who were seriously injured in the incident.

Alexis Rhodes, 20, and Louise Yaxley, 23, remain in intensive care in the University Clinic in Jena, Germany, while Katie Brown, 21, Lorian Graham, 27, and Kate Nichols, 20, are all recovering well and are staying together in a private room. Gillett was taken into intensive care to see Alexis and Louise and then spent some time with Katie, Kate and Lorian.

Doctors say there has been no real change in the medical condition of Rhodes and Yaxley, but have emphasised that is good news not bad news.

Brown, who has had surgery on both legs, will be issued with a wheelchair tonight and her brother, dual Athens gold medallist Graeme Brown, has signed up as her driver for the next couple of days. He is promising her "wheelies round the hospital" as soon as possible.

Both Graham and Nichols have been up and around and all the women are looking forward to welcoming their team-mates into their ward as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, the organisers of the Thueringen Rundfahrt have annnounced the riders and teams competing in the international women's tour will donate the entire prize pool of $23,000 to aid in the rehabilitation of the five injured cyclists.

Back in Australia, the Ballarat Cycling Club will tomorrow (Saturday) hold a memorial ride for Amy Gillett. Everyone is welcome to join the informal ride which will depart from outside the Ballarat Town Hall, Sturt Street, at 7.30am.

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