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by Mark Zalewski
June 29, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Yin and Yang: BMC teammates Phinney, Bookwalter form two-man U.S. Olympic road team; Who Will Win The Mountains Jersey?; Inside Australia’s Olympic track cycling medal factory; Rio velodrome opens for business; Cofidis backs Bouhanni for Le Tour; Astana brings Aru and Nibali to Tour; Quintana leads Movistar line-up for Tour de France; Pantani murder case closed; Cyclist killed by alleged DUI hit-and-run; Olds, Bertine recovering from head injuries; New Orica-GreenEdge sponsor announcement expected soon; Sonar helps police catch drivers passing too close to cyclists; Cyclocosm’s 2016 Tour de France Preview; Behind the scenes with Bob Jungels
Earlier this year Cylance Pro Cycling’s Shelly Olds and Katherine Bertine both suffered dangerous head injuries from crashes within a month of each other. Fortunately both are recovering and expect to return to racing in July.
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After a successful start to the season, including second overall at the Santo’s Women’s Tour and top-ten placings at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Omloop van het Hageland, and Ronde van Drenthe, Olds crashed at Le Samyn. She continued to race at three more races before another crash worsened her injuries.
“Well, I would say that I have finally turned a corner, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself. It’s really all been about taking it slow and one day at a time … But I believe I am at a point where I am truly moving forward now, “ Olds said.
Bertine suffered a particularly nasty crash at the Vuelta Feminil in Mexico, which resulted in a life-threatening situation on site.
“I don’t remember the crash,” Bertine says, “But I do know that I’m very lucky to be alive! I have followed my doctors’ orders for self-care, healing, resting, regaining physical strength and neurological advancements. I understand how serious this crash was. It truly amazes me that I’m able to ride and train now, and that there is still a chance for me to race. Especially in my last pro season before retirement! To stand on the start line in my Cylance kit will close the chapter of this accident, bring a victory to surviving and hopefully inspire others that we all have the power and possibility to overcome our injuries.”
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