Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

June 23, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: UCI rule changes for 2018 include eight-man teams for Grand Tours, maximum peloton size of 176 riders; Team Sky announces Tour de France team intent on bringing Froome a fourth title; Froome: ‘This year’s Tour route doesn’t necessarily suit me’; BMC Racing announces Tour de France roster built around Richie Porte as sole leader; After runner-up finish at Giro d’Italia, Quintana ready to take on Froome at Tour de France; Gilbert seeking a third Belgian national road title in Antwerp; Tour de France champion Greg LeMond signs huge carbon fibre deal with Deakin University; Team Rwanda invited to Colorado Classic; Research delves into which nations hold overall best athletic prowess across all sports; Man rides 1,400 miles to hear deceased daughter’s heartbeat on Father’s Day

Man rides 1,400 miles to hear deceased daughter’s heartbeat on Father’s Day

by CyclingTips

It had been five months since Bill Conner suddenly lost his 20-year-old daughter, Abbey, and he felt like he had to do something to honor her short life. So, on May 22, a day after his son, Austin, graduated from college, Conner hopped on a bike and began riding across the country.

Conner decided to travel 2,600 miles — from his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida — to visit Broward Health Medical Center, the hospital that recovered Abbey’s organs for donation back in January.

Abbey donated four organs, allowing four males, ages 20 to 60, to live, Conner said. She also donated her eyes and other tissues. When Conner informed the Florida donation center that handled Abbey’s organs about his decision to ride on her behalf, the group sent letters to every recipient, asking if they’d be interested in meeting the woman’s father. The heart recipient, Loumonth Jack, Jr., was the only to respond.

Conner was given Jack’s contact information and reached out to the young man several times before they arranged to meet in Baton Rouge on Father’s Day, 1,400 miles into Conner’s trip. After sharing a minute-long hug, Jack pulled out a stethoscope so Conner could hear his daughter’s heartbeat for the first time since she died in January. Listening carefully, surrounded by Jack’s friends and family, Conner heard the thumping. Both men began to tear up.

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