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Dylan Groenewegen is a man for all seasons. He began 2018 on a winning note with stage victory at the Dubai Tour and nine months on, he claimed his 14th victory of the season by landing the opening bunch sprint of the Tour of Guangxi in Beihai. Some sprinters amass their victories in clumps, taking advantage of purple patches of form to flesh out their running totals. The LottoNL-Jumbo rider, on the other hand, seems a model of consistency, and he has been steadily inscribing new lines to his palmarès all season long. April was the only month in his season to pass by without a victory and that, it should be noted, was a month that saw him race just twice – at Paris-Roubaix and at Scheldeprijs, where he was among the riders disqualified for passing through a level crossing.ADVERTISEMENT Already a stage winner at the inaugural Tour of Guangxi last year, Groenewegen arrived in China mindful that the final WorldTour race of the year afforded four or perhaps even five opportunities for the sprinters. He duly snapped up victory at the first attempt, beating Max Walscheid (Team Sunweb) and Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Floors) after launching his effort with 200 metres to go in Beihai, a port city on the South China Sea. “It was really hectic,” Groenewegen explained afterwards. “It was a fast final. On the climb, there were some attacks, but we took control and we were able to make the sprint – maybe a little bit too early – but I have really strong guys. They put me in a good position and I could sprint freely. We’re really happy with that and we’ve got confidence for the next days. “It’s a good race for sprinters because you have flat stages and a lot of possible sprints. It’s been a really good season, beginning with the win in Dubai. Now we’re at the end of the season and there are more days coming and we’ll try it again in the next few days.”
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Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) won the first stage of the Tour of Guangxi, taking the first red leader’s jersey of the WorldTour race. The Dutch sprinter beat Max Walscheid (Team Sunweb) and Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Floors). France’s Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) was only seventh but is expected to challenge Groenewegen in the other four sprint stages. Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) and Pete Kennaugh (Bora-Hansgrohe) attacked on the final climb of the 107.4km stage around Beihai. They opened a 20-second gap but were brought back by the sprinters’ teams.ADVERTISEMENT The opening 107.4km stage served as a warm-up for the rest of the race and chance for the riders to shake out the jet-leg and fatigue after a long journey from Europe. The stage covered a large circuit twice, with the only categorised climb coming 13km from the finish. The early break formed after 15km with Silvain Dillier (AG2R La Mondiale), Andrey Grivko (Astana), Jay Thomson (Dimension Data), Marco Haller (Katusha-Alpecin), Pavel Sivakov (Team Sky) and Yusif Mirza (UAE Team Emirates) flying the flag for their respective WorldTour teams. Despite the Tour of Guangxi being a so-called ‘new’ WorldTour race and so participation not obligatory, all the 18 WorldTour teams travelled to China for some end of season racing. The sextet opened a gap of 1:30 but the sprinters’ teams kept them under control on the wide, fast roads, with Groupama-FDJ and LottoNL-Jumbo doing the work for Demare and Groenewegen.
You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

This past weekend Dr. Rachel McKinnon became the first transgender athlete to win a world cycling championship, taking the masters age 35-44 world title in the sprint competition at the VELO Sports Center in Carson, California. An opinionated discussion has erupted on social media in the wake of Dr. McKinnon’s victory concerning fair play, the advantages of male athletes over female athletes, and the rights of transgender athletes.
Dr. McKinnon is familiar with this discussion. The Canadian currently teaches philosophy and ethics at the College of Charleston, and writes and lectures on the topic of transgender athletes in sports.VN: Do you feel like you have an unfair advantage because you are a transgender athlete?Rachel McKinnon: No, absolutely not. If you look at my results at Canadian nationals, in the 500 I was like eighth place (editor: Dr. McKinnon has always competed in the female category). At masters worlds, for the 500 I was a very disappointing fourth. In the Keirin at Canadian nationals, I was fourth. I haven’t won any elite UCI races. I got a third in the Keirin at Trexlertown in June. That was my best result. In the road, I won one pro stage in the Tour of the Southern Highlands that had a downhill finish. Me being not the lightest person, I’m pretty good at sprinting. The next stage was an 80-mile road stage and I was out the back a quarter of a mile into the road stage, which started two minutes into the race. I finished 30 minutes behind the pack. If you look at any hilly race I’ve ever done, I’ve never won. The races I do win are only the flat ones, and even then I train my butt off. Just getting on the podium at a UCI race, that isn’t even a World Cup, is a huge victory for me. I think there is absolutely no evidence that I have an unfair advantage. People who oppose transgender inclusion in sport put us in the double bind. It’s the “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” scenario. If I win, they attribute it to me being trans and having an unfair advantage. If I lose, the same people think I must not be good anyway. People will never attribute my winning to hard work which is what I think I deserve.VN: Take us through your victory this past weekend. 
RM: My final was against Carolien Van Herrikhuyzen from The Netherlands who is an amazing person to compete against. Both of us were undefeated going into the finals and we had a really hard-fought final. I won it in two rides. The first ride she led and she wanted to pin me against the rail. I have a criterium background so I’m also pretty comfortable there. Coming into turn four I decided to jump first and came around her and managed to hold her off until the line.
In the second ride, I had to lead out and this was a really fun ride. It was hard. I led out and we were doing some cat and mouse … I had to chase her and hold enough gap so that coming around the bell into turn 2 I went after her and went for the pass and I was still behind her wheel behind turn 3 and I audibly said, ‘C’mon!’ and came around here out of turn 4 across the line. I was elated. I honestly couldn’t have raced against a nicer person. We shook hands and she motioned me forward to hold hands across the line.VN: What is your background in competitive cycling?RM: My sport background is in badminton. I moved to Charleston, South Carolina, to take up my job at the College of Charleston and there isn’t any elite badminton down here. I needed a new sport. I wasn’t good at running and I took spin classes and really fell in love with cycling and decided on a whim to buy a bike. I started racing on the road and turned out I was actually good at it, much better than I was at badminton. I raced on the road for three years, raced all over America and in Canada. I got to category 1 and realized that my dreams of making it further than domestic elite racing wasn’t going to happen. Track had always been alluring to me. A 60-minute criterium was always pretty boring because the final two minutes is when the sprinters come out to play. I thought that track sprinting would be like the final two minutes. I jumped in head-first. I was a road for three years and have raced on the track for the last year.VN: What is the story behind your transition? 
window.iad_1 = googletag.defineSlot('/21732621108/velonews', [300, 250], 'ad-iad-1').defineSizeMapping(szmp_3x2).addService(googletag.pubads());googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('ad-iad-1'); });RM: I was born with an “M” on my birth certificate. Not all trans people are the same; we don’t all know at age two or three. I started supposing I [was trans] when I was 13, and it took another 16 years to come to terms with it and figure it out. I started my transition right before I finished my Ph.D. and came out to the world two days after I defended my dissertation.VN: Let’s drill down into the topic of the unfair advantage. Much of the discussion revolves around testosterone and the idea that athletes who are born male have more testosterone than those who were born female. That inherently gives transgender women an unfair advantage.RM: The myths around testosterone are very deep, and I do a lot of research around this. Some people think testosterone is only found in males and that estrogen is only found in females, and that is not true. Everybody has both. On average, males have more testosterone than females and females have more estrogen than males. In a recent study by Stephané Bermon and Pierre Yves Garnier, they tested over 2,000 IAAF world championship track and field athletes and found that 1/6 of the male athletes were in or below the female range of testosterone, so a disproportionate amount of elite males have very low testosterone. This study showed there is absolutely no relationship between testosterone in terms of performance in males. The relationship they found in women was weak and sporadic.
When people think of testosterone and athletic performance, they think of doping with exogenous testosterone — testosterone that comes from outside the body. Compare that to endogenous testosterone, which occurs in the body. While chemically they perform roughly the same way, there is ample evidence that shows exogenous testosterone, compared to what you naturally have, produces big performance advantages. That’s why it’s considered doping. There is no evidence that having a higher produced value of endogenous testosterone has any performance advantages at all. The evidence does not bear that out. So that is the second myth: the more testosterone you have, naturally, the better you are. So trans women might be male early on, and that on average such bodies have more endogenous naturally testosterone, therefore they’re stronger because of that. We have evidence that is just not the case.
Also, we have evidence, thanks to Dr. Joanna Harper, that when you take someone who has a given level of endogenous natural testosterone, and you reduce that — through such things as like hormone suppression therapy, or the loss of a testicle, or menopause — when you lower someone’s natural testosterone their performance goes down. The body is used to a certain level, and when you drop it, the body performs worse because your body isn’t getting what it’s used to. But that’s also why when you add more exogenous testosterone, your body isn’t used to it so your performance goes up.VN: Yes, but what about the eyeball-test argument? The fastest male marathon runners are faster than the fastest females; the top male weightlifters can carry more than the top female lifters, etc?RM: Right, and I’m not denying there is currently a performance gap between elite male and female athletes. But there’s two questions here at the same time that have a complicated interplay. One: Why is there that gap? People like a simple answer. Men have more testosterone, so therefore, it’s because of testosterone. But our bodies aren’t simple; they’re complex and messy and beautiful. We see that 1/6 of elite male track and field athletes have lower than the average female testosterone yet they perform at a higher level, so it’s not just about testosterone. We’ve seen that the gap in performance between elite men and women is closing in every sport. As the men are improving and new records are being set, the women’s records are being set faster. The gap is closing. Its misleading to take the current gap an say that will always be the case. We’re seeing it close in some ultra-distance sports.
But people are mostly focused on power events where big muscle matters and this eyeball test that you talked about. One of the problems you talked about is that elite athletes are in a sense freaks. We all have a genetic advantage that makes us good in the sports we’ve selected. And that typically ignores the wide range of types of bodies of people of that type. So we like to point to Caitlin Jenner and say look how big she is, that’s unfair to women. That ignores the 5 foot 1 kid who can’t throw a ball. It’s not the case that all trans women are these big six-foot-tall, 200-pound powerlifters. I happen to be a 6 foot tall, 200-pound powerlifter, but that’s beside the point. So it also ignores the range. We have no evidence at all that the average trans woman is any bigger, stronger, faster than the average cisgender woman.
… I’m sometimes misquoted as saying the performance advantage is irrelevant. It’s not, per se, that the advantage question is irrelevant. Its that the way that we think about human rights, in that legal and ethical standards of when it’s OK to override a person’s human right, is that the performance advantages aren’t high enough. If you look at elite athletics, every single elite athlete has some kind of genetic mutation that makes them amazing at their sport. Michael Phelps, his joint structure and body proportion, make him a like fish, which is awesome. But we shouldn’t say that he has an unfair competitive advantage. The question is not whether there is a competitive advantage, the question is whether there is an unfair advantage. Sports is about competitive advantages. We have coaching and equipment and training, nutrition, rest all of these things are meant to produce competitive advantages over other people. Just because there is a competitive advantage doesn’t make it unfair.
Is being trans just another natural physical characteristic that, if — and this is a gigantic “if” — it provides an advantage, should we treat it like just being tall? We do not regulate height. In many sports height provides a massive competitive advantage. I’m six-foot. I’m too short to be an elite volleyball athlete. If you compared a five-foot woman to a 6-foot-4 woman, the tall woman will have such a competitive advantage that the shorter woman won’t be able to compete in volleyball or basketball. But we don’t consider that massive advantage unfair. Is being trans just another way to be a natural person who maybe gets an avenge for it that we should treat like being tall?
Dr. Rachel McKinnon won the masters world title in the sprint this past weekend in Los Angeles. Courtesy Dr. Rachel McKinnonVN: How would you describe the current rules governing transgender participation in sports?RM: I would say in a word, inconsistent. The [International Olympic Committee] fashions itself as a beacon of sport and I think that they are so a lot of sports that take the IOC’s lead. There are other sports that have more permissive rules for participation, and others that are more strict. Roller derby is as inclusive as it gets. Some sports still don’t allow trans participation, and they can do this because they aren’t Olympic eligible sports. All sports that aspire to be included in the Olympics have to abide by the IOC regulations, but they are allowed to meet other standards. The UCI has explicitly signed on to the IOCs rules, but USA Cycling, for their non-elite athletes — Cat. 3, 4, 5 — has a more permissive rule than the IOC, which I think is great.
I think USAC could do better, but it’s a good step forward. The current IOC policy was updated in 2015 over rules that were established in 2003. The 2003 policy requires athletes to have irreplaceable genital surgery. And then they required a waiting period of two years before people were eligible to compete. In 2015 the IOC recognized that is unfair to trans people — unfair to require them to undergo surgery they might otherwise not want — to compete in sport which they said is a human right. They also said transgender men can compete whenever they want, but you can’t go back to competing in the women’s category for a period of time. Once a transgender man takes hormone therapy, they can get a TUE for testosterone. But once they take that they are ineligible for women’s sport and must compete with men. The restrictions for trans men are low.VN: What rules do you compete under?RM: A transgender woman must be able to demonstrate a continued level of endogenous testosterone below a certain level for one year, that level is 10 nanomoles per liter. Because I race in the UCI I absolutely have to meet that policy, and I have provided medical evidence to USAC that I more than meet that policy. I have an Instagram post from a couple of years ago showing my testosterone results and they are below the bottom of the average female range. They are actually undetectable. My endogenous testosterone is undetectable. My body makes next to nothing.VN: What do you tell your competitors about transgender people and the rules governing your participation? Do you talk to them about it?RM: That’s what prompted my Instagram post. There were lots of complaints to USA Cycling back when I was a Cat. 3 cyclist. People wanted me banned from cycling. They thought it wasn’t fair and, USAC pushed back on that saying no, she meets the policy, she’s allowed to compete. That didn’t stop the complaints. People thought that I should be drug tested. I felt forced in a way to release really private medical information, my numbers about my testosterone. Even though I have released this evidence that I have such low testosterone, for some people it doesn’t matter to them. Some people think the policy is itself unfair.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t stop some people from saying it’s unfair, even though I clearly meet the ICO/USAC/UCI policies.This interview was edited for length and clarity.
Read the full article at Q&A: Dr. Rachel McKinnon, masters track champion and transgender athlete on VeloNews.com.

A lot of cycling fans tune out once world championships are over — but they shouldn’t. This year’s edition of Il Lombardia was a perfect example of the autumn action that the final monument of the season can offer. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) finally delivered the big win he’s been dreaming of, beating none other than Mr. Lombardia himself, defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida). Time for a roundtable about why this race is meaningful for these riders and fans like us.
What does this victory mean for Thibaut Pinot?Spencer Powlison, @spino_powerlegs: It means he can finally ride technical descents! I owe Pinot and my colleague Fred Dreier a big apology for laughing at the suggestion that he could win Lombardia, but he proved up to the task. This win also means that it is time for Pinot to finally put to bed the notion that he should ride for grand tour GC. He’s clearly got a knack for hilly one-days or stage hunting. Commit to that plan, and give Valverde a run for his money in the Ardennes!Dane Cash, @danecash: A rider who often contends for big wins but rarely pulls them off, Pinot proved this weekend in Italy that he does have what it takes to close the deal on a major result. Health issues and crashes have often derailed his aspirations over the past few seasons, and eventually, you start to wonder if a rider constantly battling those kinds of problems will ever put it all together. Pinot did on Saturday, which should be a huge morale boost for him after a tough year.Chris Case, @chrisjustincase:  I imagine this victory feels tremendous to a guy like Pinot. Earlier in his career, when he had some success at the Tour, immense pressure was immediately heaped on him – ‘The next great French cyclist, the man who will turn around French results at grand tours, has finally arrived!’ It hasn’t played out that way. That isn’t to say he isn’t a contender at grand tours, but his attacking style and climbing panache may suit him even better. And if there’s any race that fits someone of that profile, it’s Il Lombardia.
Surely Vincenzo Nibali wasn’t racing for second place, but he fought hard to earn that result. What was that all about?Spencer: Nibali’s Bahrain-Merida team fully committed to his chances at Lombardia. I got to think that when he looked back and saw the chase group with several of his guys in the mix, he knew he’d have to give it one more push to pay off their efforts, even if it wasn’t a win. He likely also wanted to prove to himself that he’s still got the edge after his season went off the rails at the Tour.Dane: For one, Nibali loves this race, and you have to assume he was hungry to do as well he could no matter the circumstances. After a tough, injury-marred summer, it’s possible Nibali was trying to show us what might have been had he not had his unfortunate run-in with a fan at the Tour de France.Case: It seemed Nibali initially threw in that dig to set up one of his teammates, Ion Izagirre or Domenico Pozzovivo, both of whom had rejoined him along with the rest of the group. But in the ensuing hesitation, and with the aid of the descent, Nibali got a substantial gap. “The Shark” is a racer. He took advantage of a good situation to end his season on a high.
Rigoberto Urán looked like he had the legs to win this one. Evaluate EF Education-First Drapac’s tactics. What went wrong?Spencer: Clearly Bahrain-Merida’s aforementioned tactics did not help matters for EF, but I was surprised none of the other teams were willing to pitch in when poor little Danny Martinez did all that chasing ahead of the Civiglio. Maybe instead they hold Martinez to mark a dangerous move (i.e., Nibali and Pinot)? He certainly looked to have good legs.Dane: Hindsight is 20/20 but Urán and Co. should have been more aggressive on the Sormano climb — and more attentive to Thibaut Pinot. It was no secret the Frenchman was on sterling form. This year’s finale was not quite as hard as last year’s, and that made the Sormano a more attractive option for the attackers despite its distance from the line. If Urán had stuck with Pinot, this might have been a very different race.Chris: The steep wall at Sormano proved to be the decisive moment of the race. One could be forgiven for not predicting this since it was so far from the finish. But given his recent results, Pinot was the man to watch. And given his racing smarts, Nibali can never be discounted. If you have the legs to go with that pair, you do it.
Il Lombardia is usually overshadowed by the other monument classics. How did this edition stack up, from a fan’s perspective?
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Read the full article at Roundtable: Why Il Lombardia matters on VeloNews.com.

Lotto Soudal Ladies team confirmed Monday the names of 13 professional riders on their roster for the 2019 season. Track and road talent Lotte Kopecky and Belgian champion Annelies Dom will return to lead the team that is set to take in four new recruits. Kopecky mixes World Cup track and road racing during the season. She had a strong start at the classics with top-10 finishes at Dwars door de Westhoek and Diamond Tour, before placing second at the Belgium championships in the time trial. She went on to win a stage of the Lotto Belgium Tour where she was third overall. New to the team next year will be Thi That Nguyen, 21, from Vietnam, who won Dwars door de Westhoek this year, along with Belgian Marie Dessart, 37, who is the world champion Gran Fondo in the 35-40 category. The team also welcomes the Dutch rider Danique Braam, 23, who finished top 10 at Omloop van de IJsseldelta and 7-Dorpenomloop Aalburg in the previous two editions. The British rider Dani Christmas, 30, will also be new to the team.ADVERTISEMENT Returning riders include Kopecky and Dom, along with Alana Castrique, Demi de Jong, Chantal Hoffmann, Puck Moonen, Julie Van De Velde, Kelly Van den Steen and Fenna Vanhoutte. Four riders will be leaving the team; Isabelle Beckers, Valerie Demey, Anabelle Dréville and Marjolein van’t Geloof. There will be three riders in the development team to include Emke De Keyser, Julie Roelandts and Cameron Vandenbroucke. Lotto Soudal Ladies team for 2019: Danique Braam, Alana Castrique, Dani Christmas, Demi de Jong, Marie Dessart, Annelies Dom, Chantal Hoffmann, Lotte Kopecky, Puck Moonen, Thi That Nguyen, Julie Van De Velde, Kelly Van den Steen and Fenna Vanhoutte.
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Faced with a treacherous track of mud, ice, and snow, Clara Honsinger (Team S&M CX) and Brannan Fix (Alpha-Groove Subaru) rode to victory Sunday in Boulder, Colorado after a storm dumped seven inches of snow on Valmont Bike Park.
Honsinger’s pit gamble pays off
Clara Honsinger won two days in a row, untroubled by the muddy, cold conditions. Photo: Col ElmoreThe Oregonian came into Sunday’s race hot off a victory in day one of the U.S. Open, in markedly warmer and drier conditions.
On Sunday, Honsinger took advantage of slow pit stops by her key rivals to in again.
“Initially it was cold, but the adrenaline kicks in and you can’t really feel anything by the end of it,” said Honsinger. “You’d step off [the pedals] and your cleats would fill with ice. When Katie [Clouse] and Sunny [Gilbert] went into the pit, I just [kept going]. You get back on and you can’t pedal. I just took advantage of that and ride a muddy bike for two laps.”
Gilbert (Van Dessel) and Clouse (Alpha-Groove Subaru) had traded off the lead early in the race.
Heading into the final two laps, it appeared that the teenage phenome Clouse had the upper hand, riding the perilous off-camber descents with ease. However, the inclement conditions made for unpredictable racing.
“Just a lot of back and forth,” said Honsinger. “Somebody could get 10 seconds, and one little bobble and you’d be all the way back. Whoever was clean, got it.”
After making her move at the pits, Honsinger rode with confidence off the front. Clouse had one more dig and rode clear of Gilbert to take second. Gilbert, 22 years Clouse’s senior, rounded out the podium in third.
Fix fights to first UCI victory
With a late charge on the final lap, Brannan Fix won his first UCI race. Photo: Col ElmoreThe elite men’s race was also a thriller with plot twists throughout the cold, muddy race.
From the gun, Saturday’s winner Gage Hecht (Alpha-Groove Subaru) asserted himself. Out to an early lead after a lap, disaster struck right before the finish straight. He broke his chain and was forced to run a very long section of the course to reach the pits.
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Attrition set in after about three laps, and Brunner, who was second at under-23 U.S. nationals last January, seemed in control. Haidet faded, as did Wells.
Fix, on the other hand, was coming on strong in the back-end of the technical, heavy race.
“Really I think it was just [keeping] a consistent speed. That’s my strength in this weather, I can just ride sections clean, time after time, and just go the same pace. As long as I time it right, that works out pretty well for me,” said Fix. “I just kept moving forward and before I knew it, the last lap, I was in the lead. It was kind of a blur for most of it, but it was awesome.”
After catching Brunner, he quickly extended his lead, leaving his fellow Coloradan to settle for second place. Haidet was third, 59 seconds down.
Fix’s Alpha-Groove Subaru teammate Hecht turned around his unfortunate start, riding through most of the field to end up seventh place, proving his form and technical skills were up to the task.
Read the full article at Winter is coming: Honsinger and Fix win U.S. Open of Cyclocross on VeloNews.com.

Steven De Jongh, a directeur sportif at the Trek-Segafredo team, was reported missing after going out to ride his bike on Monday morning. He was found through the search efforts of Catalan police and taken to hospital but the extent of his health condition have not been released. According to an update from Trek-Segafredo he is conscious and in hospital. The Dutch news outlet AD reported that following a search with car and helicopter, the Catalan police found De Jongh unconscious near the side of the road, where he lay in a ravine for up to five hours. He was taken to a hospital in Girona. The Dutchman left his home in Girona, Spain, at around 10:30 a.m. but had not returned and had not made contact with anyone since, leading his wife, Renee Meijer, to report him missing to the local police.ADVERTISEMENT Meijer also made a plea for help via social media, writing: "People of Twitter help me please. My husband Steven De Jongh went on his bike and is missing since 10.30. Around La Ganga area. If you are there help me please to find him. He went on a Trek bike in a Trek suit. Retweet please." She later posted on Twitter that he had been found through the search efforts of the Catalan police. "Thank you kind people, the helicopter has found @stevendejongh . More news later. He breaths and has a pulse." De Jongh's ride had been uploaded to his public account on Strava, a tool for tracking rides and training. It showed he left the village of Calogne, on the Catalan coast south west of Girona, and rode for 62.5km and just over two hours in and around the inland Gavarres hills. The ride stopped on a road just south of La Bisbal d'Emporda, between 10 and 15 kilometres from where he'd started out.  — Renee Meijer (@reneemeijer02) October 15, 2018
— Trek-Segafredo (@TrekSegafredo) October 15, 2018
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Steven de Jongh, former pro racer and current Trek-Segafredo sports director, has been found after going missing on Monday near Girona, Spain. After heading out for a ride in the morning and not returning, he was located several hours later and taken to a hospital. He had suffered a concussion, but no broken bones.
De Jongh’s wife Renee Meijer appealed to Twitter for help finding de Jongh at around 3 p.m. local time, noting that he had been missing since 10:30 a.m.

People of twitter help me please. My husband @stevendejongh went on his bike and is missing since 10.30 . Around #laGanga area. If you are there help me please to find him. He went on a Trek bike in a trek suit. Retweet please.
— Renee Meijer (@reneemeijer02) October 15, 2018
Twitter users used Strava to determine his last known location. Local emergency services were also notified.
According to Meijer, a Catalan fire department helicopter found de Jongh. The circumstances of his apparent crash remain unclear.

Thank you kind people, the helicopter has found @stevendejongh . More news later. He breaths and has a pulse .
— Renee Meijer (@reneemeijer02) October 15, 2018
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Read the full article at Trek DS de Jongh found after disappearing during ride on VeloNews.com.

The classic Gloucester cyclocross course dried out Sunday, and Ellen Noble (Trek Factory Racing) and Curtis White (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) proved up to the tactical test, winning the women’s and men’s elite races, like they did Saturday in Massachusetts.
Noble solos to second victory
Ellen Noble won day two at GP Gloucester, following up her victory on Saturday. Photo: Peter PellizziRealizing that the conditions weren’t as slippery as they were on day one, Noble didn’t plan to ride solo to another win in the 20th edition of this classic New England ‘cross race.
“Today I went into it with a little bit more tactics,” said Noble. “I wanted to get off the front with Erica [Zaveta] and kind of be able to work with her.”
As planned, she rode with Erica Zaveta (Garneau-Easton) from the gun. However, that didn’t last long as Zaveta got caught in the course tape and crashed.
“I took a weird line; I think I threw her off, so it left me on the front,” Noble added. “I wasn’t intending to go solo today. But that’s how it ended up happening. Once I got a gap, I just tried to keep it.”
Zaveta said the crash happened right before the pits on a fast section of corners.
“I took on Ellen’s wheel and I was following behind really closely,” said Zaveta. “It was a pretty fast crash, so she got away very quickly. I ended up with Crystal [Anthony] and the group behind me. I ended up riding with them a little until I settled down and figured out the lines again.”
Noble won the race by a healthy 48-second margin. Behind, Zaveta gave Anthony the slip.
“Towards the end, I was like, ‘I need to go,’” added Zaveta. “It was definitely back and forth. She’s [Anthony] really strong. I just needed to commit to try to go, and then see if it worked. And it did.”
Anthony ended up third to Zaveta.
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White times attack to perfection
Curtis White won two in a row at Gloucester, attacking late in the men’s elite race. Photo: Peter PellizziWhile the women’s race split apart, the elite men faced a tactical battle, riding much of the 60-minute race as a group.
“The course today seemed like it played towards group racing — it was a bit tactical,” said White. “Cooper Willsey was off the front early, so that put pressure on guys like Tobin Ortenblad, Jamey Driscoll. Jamey got to the front [chase group] and closed the gap quick so that we were all together. He had started the attack and strung the field out.”
Driscoll went away with four laps to go. However, like Zaveta, he came to grief, clipping a course stake.
“It was unfortunate for him, but I think it also worked to my benefit,” White added. “That was something I had to capitalize on and that was the gap. Once I got the gap, I wanted to crank out some of the fastest lap times that I could, work on accelerations.”
With Driscoll out of the picture and White up the road, a group of four fought for the remaining podium placings: Lane Maher and Cooper Willsey (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com), Anthony Clark (Squid Squad), and Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz-Donkey Label Racing).
Maher took the lead in the final turns of the race and rode to second place.
“Curtis [White] attacked really hard, so that was pretty much gone, that was the win,” said Maher, who was 22 seconds behind White for second. “I got to go out to the front of the race for the first time on the last lap. I felt really good, so I decided to attack with a few minutes to go and it stuck. I just put my head down and went as hard as I could, and hoped for the best.”
Clark out-sprinted Ortenblad for third.
“After Curtis attacked, I went to the front. The Cannondale guys were racing as a team,” said Clark. “I led the last lap. So I said ‘I have to lead out the sprint, and Tobin is fast!’ I didn’t even think about it, I just went on the pavement and [pounded it]. I just went as hard as I could and didn’t look back.
“As soon as I crossed the line, I was like ‘I just got third at Gloucester!’”
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There was a time when an Italian rider’s season came to an end on the finish line of Il Lombardia, but Fabio Aru still had promises to keep and miles to go when he passed the Arrivo banner in Como almost nine minutes down on Thibaut Pinot on Saturday afternoon. Aru’s debut season at UAE Team Emirates saw him abandon the Giro d’Italia before an attempted do-over at the Vuelta a España fell flat but, rather than call time on a trying year, he has prolonged his campaign by riding the Tour of Guangxi, which gets underway on Tuesday. On Sunday morning, Aru boarded a flight from Milan to Hong Kong, before catching a connection to Nanning and then taking a three-hour bus ride south to Beihai, a coastal city on the South China Sea, finally reaching his destination on Monday afternoon local time after almost 24 hours in transit.ADVERTISEMENT Later in the evening, Aru was among the three riders – Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) and local favourite Meiyn Wang (Bahrain-Merida) were the others – who made themselves available for the pre-race press conference. An understandably bleary-eyed Aru mustered as much cheer as he could when answering questions from the local media – "It’s my first time in China, I haven’t seen much yet," he smiled – before later discussing his reasons for extending a difficult season by six more days. "I’ll tell you the truth, and it might seem mad, but even though it’s been a difficult season, the desire to race is still there, so I’m happy to be here," Aru said, mindful, no doubt, that his presence in China might have been interpreted as a form of penance imposed by his team for a year without a victory. "I haven’t come here without the desire to ride. Of course, my condition isn’t the best. It hasn’t been the best in recent weeks, and it wasn’t at Lombardia, either. But from a physical point of view, it was important for me to finish with another race, to have this new experience, which could be useful for the future." Reset
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BEIHAI, China (VN) — Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) is hitting the reset button after a “difficult 2018 season” due to poor health and crashes.
The Sardinian closes out his season in the Tour of Guangxi this week. It is his first visit to China, perfect for restarting 2019 on the right foot.
“It’s important. I’ll tell you the truth and it might seem mad, but even though it’s been a difficult season, the desire to race is still there, so I’m happy to be here,” Aru said.
He arrived in Beihai in China’s south just hours beforehand, departing after racing Italy’s Il Lombardia on Saturday.
“I haven’t come here without the desire to ride. Of course my condition isn’t the best, and it hasn’t been the best in recent weeks, not even at Lombardia,” Aru added. “But from a physical point of view it was important for me to finish with another race, to have this new experience, which could be useful for the future.”
Aru will not just cruise through the six stages from Beihai north to Guilin, but keep his body in good shape with eyes toward the horizon.
“I don’t have a lot of personal objectives here because physically I haven’t been very good all season, or in the last few weeks,” Aru explained.
“I had to pull out of the worlds, and if I was going well, I certainly would never have done that. The important thing is to continue to try to understand how I am, to see if I’m a bit better.
“I’ll also be thinking of next season, so it’s important to finish this year well here. We’ll see what happens.”
The Italian began the Giro d’Italia in May as a favorite but never found the form that saw him place second in 2015 Giro or win the 2015 Vuelta a España. He abandoned in the third week and skipped the Tour de France.
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“Something was missing all year. I was always a step behind the strongest riders. All year long, I never managed to get into my very top condition. Unfortunately, that’s sport these days, it doesn’t allow you to be at 95 percent. When you’re missing even a little bit, you’ll struggle to get results, especially a stage race rider of my characteristics,” Aru said.
“Certainly some errors were committed, and sometimes I probably tried to do much, to do things at all costs, and that causes you to make errors.
“The results I had this year were not up to my level, given what I’ve always shown and what I want out of a season. So for sure, I’m not content and for that reason.”
Aru returned to the Vuelta in August hoping for results and to build form for the world championship road race. He never found it. He crashed twice and sparked a media storm when he cursed his bike and team sponsor Colnago.
The race did not help his condition so much, and he pulled his name out of the running for a spot on Team Italy in the worlds. Instead, he asked to race the series of one-day races over the last week in Italy. Now, he is in China to end 2018.
A reset is needed. Afterward, Aru wants consistency and a chance at victory in 2019 for himself and UAE Team Emirates.
“I can’t wait to make a reset, but it’s a reset that is made with the desire to restart strongly not because you are completely dead, also in the head. Physically, I wasn’t bad, but my mind wasn’t gone,” he continued.
“I’ll rest, but the first training camp will be soon with the team, we are going to plan out the year so that I don’t make any errors like maybe that were made. It’s bad, but you have to learn from your mistakes to not repeat them and go well.”
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