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Andy Caldecott has died in this year's Dakar Rally

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  • Andy Caldecott has died in this year's Dakar Rally

    Unbelievable, this guy finally gets a factory ride for the Dakar rally and he's died in it, just past the half way point. He didn't plan on going this year - he got a phone call about a month ago from one of the major teams after one of their riders had to withdraw because of injury.

    Death of Andy Caldecott
    The organisers of the 28th edition of the Dakar have learnt today, Monday the 9th of January 2006, the death of KTM rider n°10 Andy Caldecott.

    At km 250 of stage 9 between Nouakchott and Kiffa, on a fast portion, the Australian biker suffered a bad crash and died.

    Aware of the accident at 11:31AM, the rally headquarters immediately sent a medical helicopter that landed at 11:55 AM on the scene of the accident. The doctors unfortunately could only note the death of the biker that according to them struck immediately.

    Andy Caldecott, 41 years of age, was competing in his third Dakar. He had finished 6th of the 2005 edition and was currently 10th overall of this edition after having won stage 5 between Nador and Er-Rachidia in Morocco.

    To his family that was immediately contacted, the Dakar wishes to express its sincere condolences.
    One owner. Only driven gently on Sundays. Sold to best offer. First to see will buy. Reward offered for safe return. Coming soon to a cinema near you. Available for a limited time only.

    My waterbed broke this morning. Oh, I don't have a waterbed. Bugger.

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    Very sad news. Was already posted about half hour ago here: