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Surviving Australian cyclists progressing well

Two of the Australian cyclists seriously injured in a road accident in Germany last week have surprised doctors with their recovery, the clinic where they are being treated said on Monday. Alexis Rhodes and Louise Yaxley were hurt in the accident caused by an out-of-control teenage driver that killed their international team colleague Amy Gillett during training in eastern Germany for the Thuringen Rundfahrt last week. Rhodes, 20, and Yaxley, 23, are no longer in intensive care. “They are doing surprisingly well. They no longer need assistance to breathe and they are talking," said

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By Staff and wire reports

Two of the Australian cyclists seriously injured in a road accident in Germany last week have surprised doctors with their recovery, the clinic where they are being treated said on Monday.

Alexis Rhodes and Louise Yaxley were hurt in the accident caused by an out-of-control teenage driver that killed their international team colleague Amy Gillett during training in eastern Germany for the Thuringen Rundfahrt last week.

Rhodes, 20, and Yaxley, 23, are no longer in intensive care.

“They are doing surprisingly well. They no longer need assistance to breathe and they are talking,” said Professor Gernot Marx from Jena University hospital.

Rhodes suffered chest and spinal injuries, fractures of parts of her thoracic spine and seven broken bones in her back.

She underwent an emergency operation last week, but doctors said she would not require further surgery.

Yaxley however was to have another operation on Tuesday. She suffered chest trauma and a puncture wound to her abdomen and has a broken arm and damage to her arms and legs.

Three other teammates, Katie Brown, 21, Lorian Graham, 27, and Kate Nichols, 20, are all recovering from less serious injuries and are expected to be released in the next ten days.

Gillett’s husband has set up a foundation in her memory, Cycling Australia said Monday. Simon Gillett announced the establishment of the Amy Gillett Foundation at Sydney Airport as he arrived home on Monday with his wife’s body.

The foundation’s aims are to provide support for the rehabilitation of Gillett’s teammates; to fund and administer a scholarship program for young Australian female cyclists and to promote road safety awareness amongst cyclists and motorists, Cycling Australia said in a statement.

“Amy was an amazing woman with a love of life, sport and education,” Gillett said. “This foundation will honor her memory by supporting the dedication, talent and commitment of young women who will follow in her footsteps.”

Those interested in contributing to the Amy Gillett-Safe Cycling Foundation can do so by:

Making checks payable to
CA Amy Gillett-Safe Cycling Foundation
PO Box 7183
Bass Hill NSW 2197

Credit Card
by phone to CA 011-61-(02) 9644 3002
or
in writing to fax 011-61-(02) 9644 3006

Direct Deposit (Commonwealth Bank)
BSB: 062 314
Account No: 1007 8992