Jakobsen wins Nokere Koerse, Bayly wins at Tour de Taiwan: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

March 15, 2018

Jakobsen takes first pro victory in Nokere Koerse; Bayly wins stage 4 of the Tour de Taiwan; Bardet to eschew other targets and focus 100% on Tour de France; Deignan announces pregnancy, will miss 2018 season; Cavendish, Renshaw confirmed for Milan-San Remo; QuickStep Floors takes three-pronged approach to leadership at Milan-San Remo; Van Avermaet: Milan-San Remo is a lottery; French amateur previously banned for five years given 60 hours of community service; Costa Rican duo given four year bans for CERA use; Strava overhauls map that revealed military positions; Video: 360 degree camera from inside the peloton; Video: high speed river crossing leads to dangerous crash

Deignan announces pregnancy, will miss 2018 season

by CyclingTips

Absent from racing thus far this season, Lizzie Deignan has revealed that she is pregnant and is expecting her first child with husband Philip Deignan. The 29-year-old former world champion revealed the news via Twitter on Wednesday.

“Philip and I are delighted to announce that we are expecting our first child in September,” she subsequently said in a Boels-Dolmans team release. “We both feel incredibly lucky and grateful that we are going to become parents. We are excited and full of anticipation for how our lives are going to change.” She had previously said that she wouldn’t be defending her Commonwealth Games title next month, but hadn’t clarified why.

Deignan added that she isn’t retiring from the sport; rather, she and her team will work together to ensure she makes a successful return. “I am also proud to announce that I am aiming to return to professional cycling in 2019 and 2020,” she said. “I have been inspired by countless women who have showed how successful and feasible this challenge could be. My dream of becoming World Champion at home in Yorkshire is still my dream, I will just have more people to share the journey with.”

The team said that her temporary absence would be a “big loss for the team,” but that it “completely understands and supports” her choice.

“Thank you to those who have believed in me, my husband, family and friends who all support me,” she added. “I will continue to ride for Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team, who have been the catalyst to success in my career. I hope to finish my career in 2020 at the pinnacle of my sport, the Tokyo Olympic Games. Bring it on!”