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BOGOTA COLOMBIA OCTOBER 1 Rebecca Twigg of the US waves to the crowd after finishing first in the three kilometer Individual Pursuit competition and setting a new world record in this category 30 September in Bogota Twigg clocked a time of 336081 minutes AFP PHOTO Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDTAFP via Getty Images

Rebecca Twigg on the track in Bogata (Image credit: Getty Images)
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15 Oct 1995 Rebeca Twigg looks on during the Atlanta Invitational at the Stone Mountain Velodrome in Atlanta Georgia Mandatory Credit Matthew Stockman Allsport

Rebecca Twigg (1995) looks on during the Atlanta Invitational at the Stone Mountain Velodrome in Atlanta, Georgia (Image credit: Getty Images)
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29 JUL 1984 REBECCA TWIGG OF THE UNITED STATES RAISES HER HAND IN VICTORY AFTER FINISHING THE WOMENs CYCLING ROAD RACE WITH A SILVER MEDAL AT THE 1984 LOS ANGELES OLYMPICS TWIGG FINISHED WITH A TIME OF 21114

Rebecca Twigg wins the silver medal at the Los Angeles Olympic Games (Image credit: Getty Images)
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29 JUL 1984 THE USA WOMENs ROAD RACE CYCLING TEAM PREPARE FOR THE RACE TO BEGIN LEFT TO RIGHT IS REBECCA TWIGG CONNIE CARPENTERPHINNEY AND KRISTIN THOMPSON

The Team USA women’s road race cycling team prepare for the race: Rebecca Twigg, Connie Carpenter-Phinney and Kristin Thompson (Image credit: Getty Images)
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US cyclist Rebecca Twigg competes in the individuals in the World Cycling Cup 24 May in Cali Colombia Twigg came in with a time of 339790 minutes AFP PHOTOJair CABAL Photo by JAIR CABAL AFP Photo credit should read JAIR CABALAFP via Getty Images

Rebecca Twigg competes in the World Cup 24 in Cali (Image credit: Getty Images)

Around this time two years ago, an article in VeloNews dropped a distressing piece of information at the end of a paragraph, like a stone into a pond. When the Seattle Times amplified the story with an interview a few weeks later, the shock ripples spread throughout the cycling world.

The news in question was that Rebecca Twigg, one of the great champions of women’s road racing from the 1980s and early 1990s, was homeless.