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by Shane Stokes
April 13, 2018
In today’s Daily News Digest: Martin seeking to shrug off bad luck and land success in Ardennes Classics; Van Avermaet trying to land first Classic win of 2018 in Amstel Gold; Strong QuickStep Floors trio announced for Amstel Gold Race; Verschueren out of competition due to malignant brain tumour; New Zealand men tussle for MTB gold, England’s Last takes women’s; Easton adds new gravel and adventure gearing options for EC90 SL crankset; Yeti builds a downhiller’s cross country bike, the SB100; Inaugural Australian Gravel National Championships announced; Boulie safety upgrade revealed; Video: The people of Paris-Roubaix; Video: Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever.” Taiwan KOM Challenge, Part 2: The race
Cyclocross star Jolien Verschueren will miss the rest of the year after receiving the news that a tumour removed from her brain is not benign. The 27-year-old Belgian had a scan three years ago after crashing in training, and the presence of the tumour was discovered.
At the time doctors believed that treatment was not necessary, but a recent check-up showed that it had grown. She was operated on last Tuesday and when nature of the tumour was investigated, doctors realised it was malignant.
The double Koppenbergcross winner has said that she will fight. “I remain combative without any problem,” she said, according to Sporza. “I get a lot of support from family, supporters, doctors and my team. My faith also helps me! I realize that my cycling career is currently on hold, but my health prevails.”
Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice doctor Jens Demanet commented on the situation. “It of course requires additional treatment,” he said. “That will start as soon as possible. That will ensure that the recovery will take a lot longer than originally thought. This year Jolien will no longer be in competition.”
The team management has said that the team will ‘help and support her wherever possible,’ and that its biggest wish is that she recovers.