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  • Trek-Segafredo directeur sportif Steven De Jongh has not suffered serious injury, despite being found unconscious late on Monday afternoon after crashing on his bike, an update from his team said. De Jongh was reported missing by his wife, Renée, after not returning from a training ride from their home in Girona, Spain, but was later found by Catalan police after an extensive search, which included members of the public trying to locate him via his Strava training app after his wife had put out an appeal for help over Twitter. "A helicopter found Steven lying in a ravine, unconscious, but with a pulse and breathing," the update from Trek-Segafredo read.ADVERTISEMENT "De Jongh was brought to consciousness by the paramedics and transported to the hospital in Girona, where further examinations showed that he suffers from a severe concussion. He complains that 'everything hurts right now', but thankfully no broken bones have been revealed. "As for now, the conditions of the accident still remain unclear," the statement read, with the contents of the press release also repeated on Twitter. De Jongh's wife also thanked people for their help in locating her husband. ...

  • Esteban Chaves has been back on the bike for almost two months, with the Mitchelton-Scott team confident the Colombian climber can return to his best form. Chaves has not raced since the Giro d'Italia in May and was diagnosed with mononucleosis soon after. The 28-year-old's condition was only made public in late summer, by which point he had returned to training, albeit with a gentle recovery programme. The Vuelta a España came and went - with Chaves' teammate Simon Yates claiming the overall title - but the goal is for Chaves to make a comeback in the new year, with either a race debut in Australia or his native Colombia. He has previously used the Tour Down Under and the Herald Sun Tour as his first races of the year.ADVERTISEMENT "He's been back on the bike a while," Mitchelton-Scott directeur sportif Matt White told Cyclingnews on Monday. "He had two months off and from August onwards he's been a very slow programme and been building up as we help him get back for next season." Chaves came into the 2018 season with high hopes after a turbulent 2017 that was punctured by a persistent knee...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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