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by Mark Zalewski
December 30, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Aert extends series lead with Azencross win; Sanne Cant wins Azencross; Frustrations as no proof of innocence given to parliament in Wiggins case; Syncing with Sagan: Sam Bennett looks ahead to 2017; Van der Poel okay after hard crash; Stybar makes return to cyclocross in Azencross; More questions arise from Tour of Qatar cancellation; Family of fallen cyclist calls for safer roads; Jens Voigt to ‘Everest’ Berlin Teufelsberg hill for charity; Video: Best of 2016 by bike; Ride along with Wout van Aert.
The family of Ellen Watters, the 28-year-old who died from her injuries after being struck by a vehicle while on a training ride, is asking for authorities to focus on improving road safety for cyclists everywhere.
“We would ask everyone to spread awareness of the necessity of cyclist advocacy, and to contact their local politicians to help get changes made,” a family statement said.
The owner of Watters’ local racing team, Vince Caceres, said this would be something she would want to come out of the tragedy.
“There has to be a readdressing of the laws governing safety for cyclists, because I think it’s falling behind the times,” he said. “I think Ellen would want something like that, because she would hate to think that there is a young athlete out there that doesn’t want to pursue their sport because of the fear of safety.”
Police said Watters was riding around 2:30 p.m. on Friday when she was struck by a vehicle traveling in the same direction.
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