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by Shane Stokes
August 16, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Gesbert takes stage one of the Tour du Limousin; Landa signs two-year contract with Movistar Team; Van Baarle signs on for two more years with Cannondale-Drapac; Terpstra continues with QuickStep Floors, Leezer with LottoNL-Jumbo; Lappartient says UCI should set up a new top-level women’s stage race; Cycling world mourns death of 2004 Olympic champion Wooldridge; Threatened boycott of world team time trial championships appears to be over; Retired pro Iris Slappendel chases new land speed record; Bewley extends with Orica-Scott, says he wants to help squad achieve a major milestone; Preliminary order made against cyber-squatters in LeMond case; Greg Henderson ends pro cycling career; Meet the oldest female BMX racer in the US; Video: Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever,” Episode 7: Lookout Mountain
The cycling community in Australia and beyond is coming to terms with the passing of former world champion and Olympic gold-medallist Steve Wooldridge at just 39 years of age. He was part of the gold medal-winning team pursuit squad at the 2004 Olympics and also took a Commonwealth Games silver medal and four world titles in the teams pursuit.
His sudden passing was announced on Monday, amid indications that he had been suffering from depression. “Stephen was an exceptional cyclist and Olympic Champion who will forever be remembered,” said Austraian Olympcic Committee President John Coates.
“He was always very giving of his time to the Olympic movement, helping out with fundraising efforts whenever he could for the Australian Olympic Team over the years. Our deepest condolences are with his family, friends and all of those impacted by Stephen’s passing.”
Friend and mentor Phill Bates wrote an emotional tribute for Ride. “In your lifetime you give support, encouragement and the opportunity for young cyclists to reach their goal. In our sport of cycling, you see some conquer with lesser effort than others. Then you witness those that continue to work harder and reach even greater heights.
“Steve achieved many cycling accolades, NSW Hall of fame but also a degree in engineering and was playing a pivotal role at UNSW. His infectious smile, gentleman attitude on and off the bike made him a very special person. We are better for knowing him and worse off for losing him.”
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