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by Mark Zalewski
August 9, 2016
In Tuesday’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Morton wins Tour of Utah in stunning finale; Bujak wins Route de France stage 1; Annemiek van Vleuten OK but disappointed after horrific crash in women’s Olympic road race; With Tour of Utah winner Lachlan Morton, there’s more than meets the eye; Lucinda Brand signs with Liv-Plantur; Frank to AG2R La Mondiale for two years; Successful surgery for Nibali; Henao ordered to rest in lieu of surgery after Rio crash; Ironman Boulder athlete killed by vehicle during cycling leg of race; Military explodes suspicious bag at finish during men’s road race; Researchers studying cycling to speed intensive care recovery; Tour of Utah recap video; Bike commuter nearly crashes out breakaway
A competitor in the Ironman Boulder triathlon was killed when she was struck by a vehicle on the cycling portion of the race. 34-year-old Michelle Walters of McCook, Nebraska is the fourth cyclist killed by a vehicle in the Boulder area this year.
“We are deeply saddened to confirm the death of one of our athletes at Ironman Boulder,” the race said in a statement. “We are working with the Colorado State Patrol to gather all of the details regarding the incident that occurred on State Highway 36 just north of Broadway. Our condolences go out to the athlete’s family and friends, whom we will continue to support.”
While incident remains under investigation, officials said alcohol and speed are not believed to be contributing factors in the crash.
The incident occurred on a portion of US-36 that was open to both racers and vehicular traffic. The shoulder was blocked off with cones separating cyclists, with traffic realigned for the race.
More details about the crash, including information about the vehicle and driver, are expected Monday.
Click through to read more at the Boulder Daily Camera.