Dutch ex-pro's wife appealed for help after his Strava stopped updating during morning ride from Girona...

Trek-Segafredo sports director Steven De Jongh has been found unconscious after police in Spain launched a search for him when he was reported missing during a bike ride from Girona earlier today.

The 44-year-old former pro, who served as sports director at Team Sky from 2010-12, was reported missing by his wife Renée Meijer on Twitter earlier today.

She shared details of his ‘morning ride’ posted to Strava, which showed that he stopped moving at around 10.30 this morning around 63 kilometres into his ride, near La Bisbal d'Empordà.

Shortly after 5pm UK time this evening, she tweeted again to say that he had been found by helicopter and was breathing and has a pulse.

He is reported to have been taken to hospital.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.