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by Mark Zalewski
April 1, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Pichon wins Route Adélie de Vitré; Indian Pacific Wheel Race mourns death of British rider Mike Hall; Gilbert on his resurgence with QuickStep: ‘I feel good in my skin’; Lizzie Deignan opens up about her experience with British Cycling; Interview with Manzana Postobon manager about Vuelta invite; Boonen says he can still play a role in Flanders’ finale; Sep Vanmarcke ‘If I could get a podium, that would be a surprise’; Devolder ‘If it up to me, this is definitely not my last Tour of Flanders’; Cervelo-Bigla cyclist struck by vehicle while riding from work; No Tour for Dumoulin, all focus on Giro; Van der Poel talks about possible transition to road; Andy Schleck named new chairman of Tour of Luxembourg; Amy’s Gran Fondo expanding for 2017; Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij taking Flanders prep in stride.
British competitor Mike Hall has died tragically during the first edition of the Indian Pacific Wheel Race. Hall was struck by a car on the Monaro Highway south of Canberra at approximately 6:20am on Friday morning.
“I can suggest, given the nature of the collision, an investigation into the circumstances would suggest the rider of the push bike died at the scene,” said ACT Policing Sergeant Chris Meagher.
Race organisers released a statement late on Friday morning confirming that an incident had occurred in the race, but did not reveal the cyclist’s identity. “Race organisers are working with local authorities,” the statement said at the time. “We will cooperate fully with official investigations and we intend to undertake a detailed investigation of our own. Race organisers will provide more information when it becomes available.”
An update came just after 1pm with organisers announcing that the Indian Pacific Wheel Race had been cancelled with immediate effect. “Every effort is being made to personally get in touch with riders that remain on the road to inform them of the situation,” a statement read. “The tracking devices will remain open in the interests of safety and the event is continuing to work with the relevant authorities.”
A tribute ride is being organised in Mike’s honour and will be held in Sydney on Sunday. A crowdfunding effort has been set up to help his family.
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