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Rhodes' road to recovery

10 Mar 06 01:10

Australian road-cyclist Alexis Rhodes will focus on the 3,000m individual pursuit and 25km points race. 

Australian cyclist Alexis
Rhodes will focus on the 3,000m Individual Pursuit and 25km Points Race.

An extraordinary bond cements the Australian women’s Road Cycling team, as they get behind first-time Games entrant Alexis Rhodes.

The South Australian rider suffered severe chest and spinal injuries in an accident which claimed the life of her teammate Amy Gillet.

Moving from the Road team to the 3,000m Individual Pursuit and 25km Points Race for the Games, Rhodes believes she has come a long way since the accident in Germany last July.

“I actually don’t know if I'm riding on the Road. I'm probably not at this stage, but I'll keep myself fit if they need a reserve. I'm getting stronger and stronger all the time.

“If I get to ride it, awesome. Of course I'm a bit disappointed, but at the end of the day, I'm going (to the Games).

“It has always been a dream of mine and I guess the last six months have not been ideal but I think I am a better person for it.”

The bond the women’s team has made is solid, with Rhodes indicating that her main priority is for friend and Games room-mate, Kate Bates, to take first place in the Points Race. 

“If I can help her win gold, it has been a successful day for me as well.

"She has helped me out so much in the last couple of years and especially in the last six months – she has been there pretty much every day for me, so for me to help her in the Points will be really quite special for me.”

The Australian men's and women's teams topped the Manchester Cycling table in 2002, winning 10 gold, seven silver and six bronze across the three disciplines - Road, Track and Mountain Bike.

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