Trek-Segafredo's DS Steven de Jongh found unconscious in a ravine
Trek-Segafredo Director Sportif Steven de Jongh found unconcious in a ravine by rescuers using his Strava data
Earlier today, Steven’s wife Renée posted a message on Twitter to ask for help in the search for her husband who went missing around noon.
Strava records showed his ride had stopped abruptly in a descent close to La Ganga. The local police reacted promptly and started a search operation at that precise spot. Late afternoon a helicopter found Steven lying in a ravine, unconscious, but with a pulse and breathing.
De Jongh was brought to consciousness by the paramedics and transported to the hospital in Girona, where further examinations showed that he suffers from a severe concussion.
Trek-Segafredo is relieved to announce that their DS, Steven de Jongh, did not sustain more serious injuries other than a concussion in the crash during his training ride today close to Girona, Spain.
People of twitter help me please. My husband @stevendejongh went on his bike and is missing since 10.30 . Around #laGanga area. If you are there help me please to find him. He went on a Trek bike in a trek suit. Retweet please.— Renee Meijer (@reneemeijer02) October 15, 2018
As for now, the conditions of the accident still remain unclear, but it is likely that de Jongh somehow crashed on the descent and went into the ravine.
Trek-Segafredo released an official statement and "Wished Steven a speedy and complete recovery."
Thank you kind people, the helicopter has found @stevendejongh . More news later. He breaths and has a pulse .— Renee Meijer (@reneemeijer02) October 15, 2018
De Jongh has been a staple on the cycling scene for decades. He won the E3 Prijs Harelbeke in 2003 and twice was victorious at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. He turned pro in 1996 and retired from racing in 2010 after spending his final year on Team Sky. He’s been with Trek-Segafredo for the last few seasons and also previously worked with Alberto Contador during the Tinkoff-Saxo Bank years.