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by Shane Stokes
September 21, 2017
Dumoulin wins men’s world time trial championship; Devriendt wins Omloop van het Houtland; Sunderland wins stage 2 of the Tour of China II; Dennis eighth in world championship time trial after crash; Deignan set to compete in World’s Road Race after Appendix Surgery; Haussler says his worlds selection is justified, pledges to be there ‘until the end’; Team LottoNL-Jumbo signs talented American Kuss; Brisbane Continental Cycling Team to launch in 2018; UCI releases annual reports; Video: Norwegian police floor spectator; Video: Uncovered: Emirates Team New Zealand pedal power secrets; Video: Bike change disaster in Elite men’s TT at world championships
Only three weeks ago, Lizzie Deignan (Boels-Dolman) withdrew from the Boels Ladies Rental Tour. The reason why surprised most: she came down with appendicitis. The 28-year-old was taken to a hospital and promptly underwent surgery, but the rest of her season was on hold forcing her to take a day-by-day approach.
With World Championships fast approaching, the British rider was unsure of her capability of competing until Wednesday morning, when she announced via Twitter that she would take to the start line in Bergen.
“Victory for me is the start line, everything else is a bonus,” Deignan said. “Heading to Norway, grateful for another opportunity to represent Great Britain!”
Deignan has had successful season up to the surgery, being a frequent podium finisher during her Classics bid. She was first at GP Plouay, second at La Course, and won the British National Road Race title. Adding another World Championship jersey to her collection this week may be far-fetched but, with her tenacious racing style, don’t count Deignan out yet.