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May 09, 2011

Two Riders Go Off the Front

  • The Australian cycling community is in mourning following the unexpected death of 19-year-old cyclist Shamus Liptrot, who died from injuries sustained in a 2007 race.

    With about 150 metres to go the lead group including the talented young rider fell to the ground with seven riders hitting the track. Liptrot skidded across the top of the surrounding perimeter fence hitting one of the light poles. He suffered brain trauma, a fractured jaw, femur, and skull.

  • Leopard-Trek's Wouter Weylandt was fatally injured today in a crash on the third stage of the Giro d'Italia. The 26-year-old went down on the Passo del Bocco. Paramedics worked to revive the Belgian, who was airlifted to a nearby hospital. Doctors were unable to revive Weylandt.

    Riders were not informed of the grave nature of Weylandt's crash until after his wife was notified because of fears that she would learn of the death via a radio broadcast.


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