SYDNEY, July 20 (Reuters) - Australia's next generation of women road racers has suffered a terrible blow after six members of the team were stuck by a car while training in Germany, the country's media said on Wednesday.
Amy Gillett was killed while team mates Louise Yaxley and Alexis Rhodes were seriously injured when an 18-year-old learner driver veered across the road and struck the riders on Monday.
Their team mates Katie Brown, Lorian Graham and Kate Nichols were also in hospital with fractures and abrasions but considered stable.
"They were Australia's next generation of road racers, preparing to enhance the country's growing reputation in cycling at the world championships in Madrid in September and at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne," said The Australian newspaper.
"But now one is dead, five are in hospital, the Australian Institute of Sport cycling program is suspended indefinitely and Cycling Australia is counting the cost of potentially the biggest tragedy to have hit the sport in this country". Cycling Australia president Mike Victor said it would take a some time for the sport to recover.