Trek-Segafredo director Steven de Jongh suffers ‘severe concussion’ after going missing while riding in Spain

The Dutchman has been found by a rescue helicopter and has suffered severe concussion

Steven de Jongh at the 2016 Tour de France Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA
(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Trek-Segafredo director Steven de Jongh has been found after going missing while riding in Spain.

Dutchman de Jongh’s partner Renee Meijer posted on Twitter on Monday afternoon asking for help in finding him.

She posted at around 5pm that de Jongh had been found by helicopter, breathing and with a pulse.

Trek-Segafredo later confirmed that he had suffered no broken bones but was suffering from severe concussion after being found in a ravine.

De Jongh said that "everything hurts right now", however details of the incident are still unclear.

Police quickly began searching the area after his wife reported him missing when his Strava ride abruptly stopped on a descent near Girona.

Meijer said on Twitter on Monday afternoon: “Thank you kind people, the helicopter has found Steven.

“More news later. He breaths and has a pulse."

Trek-Segafredo said on Twitter earlier in the day: “Director Steven de Jongh went on a ride around Girona and has not returned.

“The police are currently searching the area. Please keep his wife Renee Meijer in your thoughts and prayers.

“We are all hoping for good news.”

Meijer’s original post said: “People of Twitter help me please.

“My husband Steven de Jongh went on his bike and is missing since 10.30. Around La Ganga area.

“If you are there help me please to find him.

“He went on a Trek bike in a Trek suit.”

De Jongh’s Strava shows he was riding a loop around Calonge but appears to have stopped midway through.

Leaving between 8am and 9am, de Jongh set off on the ride and covered 62.57km in just over two hours before the ride stops.

The ride was then uploaded to Strava.

His wife’s Twitter post was shared more than 1,000 times.

De Jongh is a retired professional who rode for Rabobank, Quick-Step and Sky during his career from 1995 to 2010.

The 44-year-old worked as a directeur sportif with Team Sky before leaving the team for Tinkoff before he joined Trek-Segafredo in 2016.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.