Worlds wins for Cosnefroy, Pirrone; Benfatto best in China: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

September 23, 2017

Cosnefroy wins under 23 world road race championship; Pirrone adds junior road race title to time trial gold; Benfatto wins again at Tour of China II; Degenkolb hospitalized as health issues continue; Hammer series expands in 2018 with Hammer Stavanger; ‘Screw the naysayers’: Chloe Hosking ready to make an impact at Worlds; Deignan: I wanted to be on the startline to end the season on my own terms; Ride with Marianne Vos at the Holden Giro della Donna; Video: Riding a bike blind – Daniel Kish’s echolocation in action

Deignan: I wanted to be on the startline to end the season on my own terms

by CyclingTips

Sidelined after an emergency operation to remove her appendix, former world champion Lizzie Deignan made a late decision to ride this year’s women’s road race on Saturday. She spoke about that decision, her operation and her season to the Guardian.

Here’s an excerpt:

On day two, however, she finished the 140km stage, and was unable to make it down to the dinner table in the evening. “The manager came to find me, I was in a bad way.” By then, she was “in pure agony. I just wanted them to sort me out, to get better”. Thinking that her chance of a second rainbow jersey had gone only came later. “The evening after I thought it was out of the question to ride in Norway, but I did a bit of research on it, and different people have different recovery times. So I didn’t rule it out.”

The final decision to race in Bergen was made the day before her flight: Wednesday this week. Which prompts the question: why take the risk of competing so soon after a major operation? “The whole season has been a matter of being up and down, getting sick, preparing for goals, seeing them go out the window. I decided I wanted to be at the start line so that I can finish the season on my own terms.”

Not that Deignan is casual about her health. She acknowledges that her appendix operation might be linked to sickness earlier this season and is to have further tests to see if there are any related problems. That, however, is for next week. “I take it very seriously, I’ve been managing it all year. My thinking is I’ve done OK, and if I can push through to the worlds, I’ve done the preparation so I want to race. I just don’t want to let the sickness I’ve had over the season get the better of me.”

Click through to read more at the Guardian.