First Edition News for August 20, 2003
Edited by John Stevenson
Riders honour Indonesian racer killed in crash
Indonesia's Tour d'ISSI was marred by tragedy Monday when 20-year-old
Indonesian rider Yana Rochdiana was involved in a head-on collision with
a bus. Yana was taken to hospital but died from his injuries. Another
rider, Achmad Effendi sustained a broken hand in the crash which occurred
when riders strayed across the centre line in the second stage of the
race on Java island, according to the Jakarta Post.
During Tuesday's stage riders wore black armbands in Yana's honour. Team
managers had initially proposed the third stage be used as a "mourning
stage", in which the riders would have continued without competing for
points, but the proposal was rejected by the organizers.
However, all prize money from the first two stages will be donated to
Yana's family and riders agreed to effectively neutralize the third stage,
riding slowly together until the final ten kilometres.
Australian talent program rider recovering
By Brooke Newstead, Western Daily Advocate
Janelle Lindsay (right) with track
tandem partner Lindy Hou
Photo: © Tom balks
Australian rider Janelle Lindsay, a member of the AIS' talent search
program is making a steady recovery after a crash that put her in hospital
two weeks ago. Twenty-six-year-old Lindsay was on a routine training ride
in Sydney on August 10 with two other riders, when the three were struck
by a car. The incident put all three riders in hospital, with Janelle
sustaining the most serious injuries.
She was admitted to St Vincent's Hospital Sydney with triple fractures
to the shoulder, a fractured spine, dual fractures to the pelvis and multiple
lacerations. The crash has all but crushed Janelle's dreams of competing
as a tandem cyclist in the Athens 2004 Paralympics with vision-impaired
cyclist, Lindy Hou.
Despite this, Janelle's father Gordon Lindsay said all of the family
are just happy she is still alive. "Two neurosurgeons assured us she will
make a full recovery, but it is now just a matter of time," he said. "Janelle
is shattered both physically and mentally, but she is making remarkable
Tony Horneman of Janelle's club, Randwick Botany CC, visited her in hospital
on Tuesday and reports that she is "recovering well. [Janelle is] sitting
up in bed, walking with the aid of a walking frame [and on] reduced strength
pain relief," Tony said in an email to Janelle's clubmates, adding that
she is "Eating normal meals and getting her appetite back. In good spirits.
Back to her normal self almost!"
Janelle started her cycling career just 12 months ago, when she was accepted
by the Australian Institute of Sport(AIS) to participate in a program
that trains elite female athletes in a sport where they show some potential.
She had not competed in the professional cycling arena before this, but
by March this year she had already been approached to compete with vision-impaired
cyclist Lindy Hou at the 2004 Athens Paralympics.
Janelle and Lindy proved to be a power pair, bagging three gold medals,
a silver medal and also breaking a world record at the Australian/Oceania
Track Titles at Sydney during April and May this year. The pair were selected
to represent Australia at the Open European Track Championships and Janelle
was scheduled to fly to Italy next week to start training, before continuing
on to Prague.
Mr Lindsay said Janelle's recovery has been steady, and she was even
able to take two steps on Monday. "I'm sure she hasn't given up her aspirations
to represent Australia. It will be a long, hard grind, but she is determined,"
While the Lindsay family are anticipating the day when Janelle will return
to Bathurst to start rehabilitation, Mr Lindsay said they are relieved
she is on the road to recovery.
He said if she had not been wearing a helmet, she would not be here today.
"She's really so glad just to be alive, and I think this accident made
her realise just how close she'd come to not being here," he said.
Klier a father
Telekom's Andreas Klier didn't start in yesterday's first stage of the
Tour of Holland with one of the better excuses for skipping a race: his
wife Kerstin had gone into labour, so he went home to be with her at the
Tour de l'Avenir teams announced
Organiser ASO has announced the 22 teams that will take part in next
month's Tour de l'Avenir, September 4 - 13. Traditionally a race that
reveals future champions, the Tour de l'Avenir is more significant than
its lowly UCI 2.5 ranking might indicate. Past Avenir winners who have
gone on to greatness include Greg LeMond, Joop Zoetemelk, Felice Gimondi,
Miguel Indurain, and Laurent Fignon; this year's Tour de France best young
rider Denis Menchov won Avenir in 2001.
This year Avenir will play host to five teams from the UCI's top tier
Division 1 teams, three Division 2 squads, five Division 3 teams and nine
Tour de l'Avenir 2003 teams
Division 1: Euskaltel - Euskadi; Brioches la Boulangère; Crédit
Agricole; Jean Delatour; Fdjeux.com
Division 2: Vlaanderen T Interim; Bigmat Auber 93; Carvalhelos
Division 3: Quickstep Davitamon Latexco TT3; Rabobank TT3; Team
Barloworld; Perutnina; Team HSBC
National teams: Germany; Austria; Denmark; USA; France; Kazakhstan;
Czech Republic; Russia; Sweden
Acht van Bladel 2003
Another important race on the calendar for young riders is Acht van Bladel,
a four-day tour in the Netherlands for juniors, and one of the few internationally-ranked
stage races for under 19s.
This year's race , which runs September 11-14, will see a strong international
contingent line up for the opening individual time trial, with teams from
Canada, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Norway, Germany, Czech Republic,
Estonia. The internationals will be joined by five Dutch regional teams,
five local club teams and regional teams from Belgium, Germany and Denmark.
After Thursday's opening individual time trial, riders cross into Belgium
for Friday's second stage which returns to Bladel for the finish. Saturday
sees a split stage with a road race in the morning and team time trial
in the afternoon, and Sunday's finale follows the traditional route of
the Acht Van Bladel's first incarnation as a one-day race in 1947.
Climb Mount Diablo for American Lung Association
Hill-climb enthusiasts (or 'masochists' as we call them round the Cyclingnews
office) in the San Francisco area can put their taste for pain to good
use on October 5 in the Mount Diablo hill climb. This ascent of the 3,849
feet summit will raise funds for the East Bay branch of the American Lung
The ride kicks off at 8.30am, with on-the-day registration opening at
7.00 am. For more details contact Barry Tyler, Event Coordinator at the
American Lung Association of the East Bay (925) 935-0473, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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