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The AIS Women's Team Diary 2006
Cyclingnews has been pleased to publish a diary contributed by the members of the Australian Institute of Sport's Women's team as they conduct their European campaign. On Monday, July 18, 2005, everything changed. In the light of the tragic event that took the life of Amy Gillett and put her five team-mates in hospital, the AIS women's road cycling programme was suspended.
But this year the AIS women are back. While surviving members of last year's team - Louise Yaxley, Katie Brown and Lorian Graham recover from injuries sustained in the accident last July, another generation of young women will endeavour to make a mark on the international stage.
Alexis Rhodes makes a return to racing following her remarkable recovery from life-threatening injuries sustained in last July's crash, being joined by Amanda Spratt, Hannah Banks, Candice Sullivan, Jenny Macpherson and Sally Cowman as they fly the Aussie flag in Europe.
Also see: Index to 2005 race reports and entries
Italy, June 28, 2006
AIS chicks living it up in Italy
By Jenny Macpherson
The first thing I have to say is that it's bloody warm here! Yep, I'm back
in Italy with the AIS women's cycling team for another stint in the European
racing circuit. It's been about 30-35º every day since arriving on June
22, and it's been quite a shock to the system (having come from temperatures
Our other races are on July 15, an Italian one day race in Cento, and then
to Germany for Thuringen on July 18 - 23. After this, most of the team will
go back to Australia except for Candice and myself. We hope to stay in Europe
with another team for the remainder of the season, so we will be busy during
the next month trying to impress the European team managers!
Milan is a very bella city, as you can see from my photos. The shopping was
pretty awesome and I was determined to go home with a few bags. Ok, so I only
bought two singlet tops- but I couldn't resist, it was just so I could say 'I
bought this in Milan!'
I'm pretty excited about the Giro, there are only four stages that have significant
climbs in them, so that leaves five stages that could end in a possible bunch
sprint (the first stage is a five-kilometre prologue). I'm feeling pretty good
in the sprint finishes, going on my recent form, so hopefully I'll be able to
make it to the podium this time!