Van Vleuten, Pidcock win world titles, no crisis for Team Wiggins: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

September 20, 2017

Pidcock wins junior world championship time trial; Annemiek van Vleuten wins women’s world individual time trial title; McQuaid rejects claims that Team Wiggins is in financial difficulties; Two-hour operation for Dolan after courageous world championship finish; Haga and Curvers extend with Team Sunweb; Hammer to retire from pro cycling and focus on coaching; UCI cuts team sizes for Grand Tours and other races; UHC announces preliminary roster, Thomas and Banks are new additions; New Australian criterium series announced; Beaumont shatters around the world cycling record; Volunteers wanted for Melbourne research study into salt loss in sweat; Video: world road race championships, under 23 men’s time trial; Video: world road race championships, junior women’s time trial; Video: It’s Just Like Riding a Bike; Video: Buy the Beastie.

Two-hour operation for Dolan after courageous world championship finish

by VeloClub

Images of Lauren Dolan finishing Monday’s junior women’s time trial with deep lacerations to her legs have stirred up a range of reactions, with some applauding her courage and others questioning the wisdom of letting the Briton finish the event.

She crashed heavily at around the halfway point of the 16.1 kilometre race in Norway, but soldiered on on her road bike and finished two minutes and 24 seconds behind the victorious Elena Pirrone (Italy), netting 27th. She had looked on course for a top ten finish prior to her fall.

“I was devastated and I still am, but I kept going and I made sure I got to the finish line,” she said afterwards, according to the BBC. She was brought to hospital and underwent lengthy surgery. “I’m in a lot of pain. My leg has been stitched up and the operation took about two hours.”

“I am nauseous and I am waiting to get a flight back home now. It’s my 18th birthday today and I won’t forget it for a long time.”

She also commented via Twitter, thanking the staff at Bergen hospital plus those at British Cycling. As a result of her injuries, she has been ruled out of Friday’s junior women’s road race. Lauren Murphy will take her place.