Tao Geoghegan Hart and Jai Hindley on stage 18 of the Giro d'Italia. Hindley would take the stage, Geoghegan Hart would win the overall. Francesco Rachello submitted this photo for consideration to the Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards.

Ulissi cleared to return to training: Daily News

Diego Ulissi has been cleared to return to training after cardiac evaluations.

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At the midpoint of the week, the cycling headlines include news of Diego Ulissi being cleared to return to training after medical checks, the CEO of Flanders Classics addressing the subject of fans at races, and updates to the strong start list at the upcoming UAE Tour.

Read on for the latest from the world of cycling.

Dane Cash
News Editor

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Ulissi cleared to return to training

UAE Team Emirates said on Wednesday that Diego Ulissi has been cleared to return to training after a cardiac biopsy “excluded congenital cardiomyopathies and confirmed an older myocarditis, likely of viral origin, whose etiological agent has not been identified.”

Medical checks at a UAE training camp had detected an irregular heartbeat, and the 31-year-old Italian then underwent further cardiac evaluations. A biopsy in January “found the absence of risky arrhythmias for the athlete during the electrophysiological study,” and Ulissi will therefore be able to get back to training.

The team said that “a periodic monitoring period will follow” for the eight-time Giro d’Italia stage winner before he gets back to racing.

Flanders Classics CEO says not having fans at the race won’t be ‘financially feasible’ next year

Due to COVID-19 restrictions in Flanders, fans will not be allowed at races until at least April 5, meaning that the Tour of Flanders will run without crowds of spectators at the start and finish this year. Flanders Classics CEO Thomas Van Den Spiegel has said that this is the last time that it will be “financially feasible” for organizers to run the race without fans.

“We are going to perform the trick of organizing without an audience for one more spring, but we can’t keep doing that,” Van Den Spiegel said, according to Standaard.be. “That is no longer financially feasible.”

Yates and Martínez will make their first Ineos starts at the UAE Tour

The Ineos Grenadiers confirmed that Adam Yates and Daniel Martínez, both of whom joined the team at the start of the year, will make their first racing appearances for the squad at the upcoming UAE Tour, where Yates will start as the defending champion.

The Ineos Grenadiers released their lineup for the race on Wednesday, with Yates and Martínez set to be joined by Andrey Amador, Filippo Ganna, Brandon Rivera, Luke Rowe, and Iván Sosa.

Carapaz trains at 4,800 meters

Richard Carapaz has been hard at work training at home in Ecuador recently, and the Ineos Grenadiers provided some details on social media on just how high up he has been riding.

The 2019 Giro d’Italia winner put in a ride over the weekend on the slopes of the Cotopaxi Volcano, which, as his team points out, is more than 2,000 meters higher than the heights riders reach going over the Stelvio Pass, and nearly 3,000 meters higher than the Alpe d’Huez.

Porte named 2020 AusCycling Cyclist of the Year

Richie Porte has been named the 2020 AusCycling Cyclist of the Year after a season that saw him ride onto the overall podium at the Tour de France.

“For me, this is a massive privilege and an honour to get this award finally,” Porte said via a press release from AusCycling.

“It has been something I have always wanted to do, so to take it out finally, it is of great satisfaction.”

Porte was also named Male Road Cyclist of the Year. Grace Brown was named Female Road Cyclist of the Year, after a season that included a victory at Brabantse Pijl and a runner-up ride at Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

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