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Originally Posted by Da Tinker
She asked 'riders have died on the Tour?'. This opened up a long discourse ranging from Fabio to Kivilev and Tom Simpson.
Simpson and Casartelli.
Australian team rider Amy Gillet dead after crash
Australian rider Amy Gillet has died after she and other riders from the Australian women's team were hit by a car during a training ride in Germany on Monday. Three other team members are reported to be in critical condition after being helicoptered to hospital, and the remaining two are also still in hospital, albeit with less serious injuries. The other riders involved are Katie Brown, Lorian Graham, Kate Nichols, Alexis Rhodes and Louise Yaxley; all are being treated in hospitals in Leipzig and Zwickau.
The team was riding along the Landstrasse between Zeulenroda and Auma (Kreis Greiz), reconnoitering the course of the opening time trial of the Thueringen Rundfahrt stage race which was scheduled to start today. A car driven by an 18-year woman entered from a slip road on the opposite side of the road. The driver, who had passed her test just four weeks before, apparently lost control of the car and crossed into the lane where the team was riding, hitting all six riders.
The first stage of the Thueringen Rundfahrt has been cancelled. A service of commemoration will be held instead.