Monday, July 25, 2005

A Moment of silence

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In other velo news, sadly, the accidental death of Australia's Amy Gillet last Monday in Zeulenroda, Germany.

Amy Gillett sped to the front of the pack at more than 70Kmh only seconds before the car that killed her hit her. Her Australian teammates say she was inspiring them to ride faster when the car swerved across the road and skidded sideways into the group.

It hit her, then collected her five cycling teammates before flipping over and into a ditch by the side of the straight road near Zeulenroda, Germany.

These recollections of Katie Brown, 22, Kate Nichols, 20, and Lorian Graham, 27, offer the first glimpse into the moments before the accident.

Gillett's husband, Simon, arrived in Germany yesterday to collect the body of the woman he married only a year ago.

Her teammates, in hospital, have told Greg Boorer, a mechanic for the national women's cycling squad, that the 29-year-old had been forcing the pace as the group practised the first stage of the six-day Thüringen Rundfahrt on Monday.

She sped past the group at more than 70kmh and was only a few metres ahead when the car struck the team.

(Excerpted from Peter Munro's report for The Age)

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Australian cyclists Kate, left, and Natalie Bates during a memorial service in the eastern German town of Zeulenroda on Tuesday, July 19, 2005. Australian rider Amy Gillett was killed and five teammates injured when a car crashed into the group during a training ride for a women's cycling race Monday.(AP Photo/Eckehard Schulz)

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