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New leader in Hainan, York would have transitioned sooner: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

November 4, 2017

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Philippa York: I’d have given up my cycling career to become a woman sooner

by Shane Stokes

During the 1980s she won the Tour de France King of the Mountains jersey as Robert Millar; now, over 30 years later, Philippa York has said that she would have given up that and other success if she could have lived as a woman.

The 59-year-old Glaswegian stated this summer that she had undergone gender change over a decade ago, speaking publicly about a process that had previously been rumoured but never confirmed. Now, talking to the BBC, she said that she wished she had been able to do so earlier.

“I would have transitioned in my teenage years,” she told BBC Scotland, speaking about what changes she would have made to her life if she was able to do it over again. “And I wouldn’t have been a cyclist and had the fame or infamy.

“If I had the information that is available now to me back then, when I was on the cusp of trying to make a decision, I would have chosen to transition and not become a cyclist or whatever I became.

“But I realised it wasn’t a practical thing, so I decided to wait until my career was over and, if I still felt the same, I’d do something about it. The thing that counts the most is not how famous are you going to be, it’s how happy, and that counts more for me than any kind of success.”

Click through to see the full interview at the BBC.

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