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by Mark Zalewski
December 29, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Bradley Wiggins ‘officially’ retires; Canadian neo-pro Ellen Watters succumbs to injuries from collision with car; 60 Minutes television show investigating mechanical doping in cycling; Operación Puerto investigation names forthcoming; Tour of Qatar cancelled for 2017; Alicia Franck making return from injury; “In Velo Veritas” trailer; Cycling and coffee, in Colombia.
Canadian neo-pro Ellen Watters, who had signed to race for Colavita-Bianchi in 2017, has died from injuries she sustained after a collision with a motor vehicle over the weekend while training in Sussex, New Brunswick. The 28-year-old was in critical condition for four days but her family had posted on social media that they did not expect her to recover from her injuries.
Courtesy: Cycling Canada
“It’s very difficult to find the right way to share news that is so important and so terrible for so many people,” a family statement read via Cycling Canada. “Ellen no longer had any brain function when the excellent and very kind doctors examined her this afternoon. She was surrounded by family, and so many dear friends, over the past few days, and has received more support than I could have imagined.
“Ellen was truly an awesome force. Everyone who knew Ellen was better off for it. She shared joy with everyone she knew, and took joy in sharing her love and positivity around her. Because of the manner of her passing, she is a candidate for organ donations. The silver lining of this tragic time is that she is able to bring hope and motivation to even more people. We hope that we can channel some of Ellen’s fantastic energy, and use it to improve the safety conditions for cyclists on our roadways.We would ask everyone to spread awareness of the necessity of cyclist advocacy, and to contact their local politicians to help get changes made.
“We will not be holding a memorial or funeral service at this time. We will be planning to do so later, when we have had a chance to process this tragedy, and can better celebrate her brilliant spirit and wonderful life. Please keep Ellen with you when you need someone to go for a quiet walk with, or to meet for a coffee, or to kick your butt and get you out for a ride. Please know that she’ll be there as much as you need her, just like she always has been.”
Watters had a breakout 2016, winning the Tour of the Battenkill and Tour of Somerville in the U.S., and taking bronze in the Canadian Criterium Championships. Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash. Everyone at CyclingTips extends our deepest sympathies.
Click through to read more at Cycling Canada.