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by Neal Rogers
July 8, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Marcel Kittel narrowly three-peats on Stage 7 of Tour de France; O’Connor solos to victory on Stage 5 of Tour of Austria, Denifl retains GC lead; Lucinda Brand takes solo win at Giro Rosa despite late-race crash; Winder take a second stage win at Tour de Feminin; Italian Claudia Cretti in critical condition with brain injury in Giro Rosa crash; MTB world champion Nino Schurter invites Peter Sagan to race off-road; Meet Philippa York: Robert Millar first high-profile cyclist to go public about gender transition; Armstrong co-defendants reach $158K settlement in federal case; Video: Heartbroken fan creates ‘Since U Sagan’; Video: Inside the Quick-Step Floors bus on Stage 6, Marcel Kittel’s second stage win; Video: Orica-Scott’s Backstage Pass, Tour de France Stage 7; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 7 highlights
In a post on Cyclingnews.com, contributor Philippa York revealed that she had transitioned from being the former pro cyclist Robert Millar.
“As much as I’ve guarded my privacy over the years there are a few, I believe obvious, reasons to why I haven’t had a public ‘image’ since I transitioned. Gratifyingly, times have moved on from 10 years ago when my family, friends and I were subjected to the archaic views and prejudice that some people and certain sections of the tabloid media held.”
Robert Millar was one of the greatest British cyclists ever, winning the KOM jersey at the 1984 Tour de France and finishing fourth overall that year, as well as finishing second at the Vuelta a España in 1985 and 1986, and second at the 1987 Giro d’Italia. He also won three mountain stages at the Tour.
York is currently working at the Tour de France with the ITV4 commentary team.
Asked how she has dealt in recent years with the fact that the world of cycling had one image of her and she had another, York told The Guardian, “I can only deal with that by putting the Robert part of my life into one box and the life I live now into another. What I did before wasn’t done by the person I am now so it’s not a case of changing history. I think for most people looking at this from the outside that’s the easiest way for them to process it. That’s my opinion – others may disagree and that’s fine.”
Click through to read more at theguardian.com.