Vogel paralysed; Vuelta heating up: Daily News Digest

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Multi-time track world champion Kristina Vogel revealed in an emotional interview with German media that she is paralysed after a training accident earlier this summer. Also, La Vuelta conquers the first of three consecutive summit finishes and the Tour of Britain goes climbing as well.


Story of the day: Vogel paralysed after track accident

Olympic and world track sprint champion Kristina Vogel is a paraplegic following her horrific training crash in June at the velodrome in the city of Cottbus. Speaking with German daily Der Spiegel, Vogel broke months of silence to talk about her accident to reveal her spinal cord is severed at the seventh thoracic vertebra and she is now in a wheelchair.

“No matter how you look at it, I can not walk anymore and that can not be changed,” Vogel said. “But what should I do? I think the sooner you accept a new situation, the better you can handle it.”

Kristina Vogel (centre) captured the gold medal in the individual sprint at the 2018 Track World Championships. Photo: Cor Vos

Vogel, an 11-time world champion and the current individual track sprint world and Olympic champion, was airlifted to Berlin for emergency surgery after the June 26 accident. She learned she was a paraplegic two days after the accident when she came out of a medically induced coma. However, in the interview she said she knew immediately she paralyzed, as she felt immense pressure throughout her entire body.

“[It felt] as if my whole body were swollen,” Vogel said. “Everything was too tight for me, especially the racing shoes. They are precisely adapted so that you have the optimum power transmission. I said, ‘Take off my shoes, just take off my shoes.’ That took a moment because of the special lacing. And then I saw someone walking away with my shoes, but I did not realize that they had undressed me. It was immediately clear to me, that was it. Now I’m a paraplegic, cycling was nothing more.”

Vogel went on to say she does not put blame any particular individual, as she doesn’t have any particular details on where everyone who was at the track that day was standing or riding when the accident occurred. She does not remember the accident either, only riding and then suddenly lying on the track.

After the crash, fellow track riders and friends launched a crowdfunding campaign with the hashtag #staystrongkristina. The campaign raised over 120,000 euros.

Vogel is unsure whether she will compete in paraplegic events and is instead focusing on trying to leave the hospital by the end of the year. She is currently there working on rehabbing and completing small tasks, so she can go home. She admitted she’s always had a five-year plan throughout her life and for the first time she does not know what the future holds.

Kristina Vogel posted a message on her Instagram story thanking everyone for the support.


Controversy of the day

Travis McCabe, who has yet to announce where he will race in 2019 with his UnitedHealthcare squad set to fold at the end of the year, had a few choice words for American Pro Continental squad Rally Cycling. He called out the team for deceiving the public about the team’s history of doping in a press release the team posted.

It appears safe to say that McCabe won’t be wearing the orange Rally kit in 2019.


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Pro Conti rider Rodriguez captures Vuelta stage out of breakaway

It was Friday the 13th at La Vuelta, as the peloton tackled stage 13 of the Spanish Grand Tour. Oscar Rodriguez (Euskadi-Murias) took the stage win at La Camperona in what was the first of three consecutive summit finishes heading into the second rest day on Monday. The Spaniard was able to ride away from Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing Team) in the finale after initially being dropped on the incredibly steep final climb to the finish. Majka finished 19 seconds down, while Teuns was 30 seconds back in third.

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) were best of the GC contenders, as they were able to distance themselves from the others. Quintana was able to gap Yates and steal six seconds away from the Briton in the end. Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) suffered on the climb, but will hold onto his red leader’s jersey for another day. His lead is now 1:42 over Yates with Quintana at 1:50. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) is 4th overall at 1:54.

The race for the overall title is still incredibly close with second to 10th on GC separated by just 1:05.

Poels takes Britain summit finish

Wout Poels (Team Sky) timed his accelerations to perfection on the steep Whinlatter Pass climb to take the Queen stage of the Tour of Britain. After initially not being able to follow the attacks of Huge Carthy (EF Education First-Drapac) and Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors), Poels powered himself back into contention before attacking to win the stage.

“I’m really happy with that victory,” Poels said. “I’ve done the Tour of Britain four times and each time I’ve won a stage, with three of them uphill. That’s not a bad average.”

Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) took over the lead in the general classification, as former race leader Roglic suffered in the finale. Poels sits second overall 17 seconds adrift with Roglic third at 32 seconds.

WaowDeals to become CCC in 2019 and run alongside men’s program

The WaowDeal professional women’s team of multi-time world champion Marianne Vos will be run under the CCC namesake in 2019. Polish brand CCC is taking over ownership and title sponsorship of the men’s BMC Racing Team and the new CCC women’s team will be run alongside the men’s program. The new CCC women’s squad will become the eighth women’s program to be run alongside a WorldTour men’s squad.

While CCC is set to be the title sponsor, the team stated that it is currently working to keep many of its current sponsors on board, including WaowDeals.

American Blevins captures silver at MTB worlds

Christopher Blevins captured the silver medal in the under-23 cross-country race at UCI World Mountain Bike Championships in Lenzerheide, Switzerland after a race-long battle with South African Alan Hatherly. Dutchman David Nordemann was third.

The result is quite remarkable considering Blevins recently competed on the road at the Colorado Classic with Hagens Berman Axeon. He is the current U.S. under-23 national mountain-bike cross country and cyclocross champion.


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