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by Matt de Neef
November 6, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Jacopo Mosca wins the Tour of Hainan, Joe Cooper claims final stage; Van der Poel and Cant win European CX titles; Mark Cavendish wins the Saitama Criterium; Ben Hill suffers fractured vertebrae in Tour of Hainan crash; Rider kicked off Tour of Hainan for fighting with rival team; Trek expands its Domane range with new gravel-specific builds; Jonathan Vaughters calls for franchise structure for pro cycling; Dutch cyclist forced to retire at 22 due to heart problem; Jersey revealed for Contador/Basso Continental team; Aqua Blue Sport reveals 3T Strada 1x setup for 2018; Danny MacAskill testing Santa Cruz wheels.
Dutch cyclist Davy Gunst (An Post Chain Reaction) has been forced into retirement at the age of just 22 following a series of heart problems in recent years.
Medical checks after a training crash in 2015 revealed that Gunst had “abnormal variations in his heartbeat” and while that issue didn’t pose an immediate problem, things got worse in 2016 and 2017.
Gunst returned to racing in 2017 but was soon sidelined due to issues with his heart. Weeks of examinations revealed several arrhythmias which, despite several attempts at treatment, would ultimately end his career.
“Although my career as a racing cyclist is over, I will begin my new role as Sports Director at the junior Willebrord Wil Vooruit team,” Gunst said. “I will share my knowledge gained during my time with An Post Chain Reaction, Rabobank, SEG Racing and EFC Omega Pharma Quickstep, to help them to develop and progress to a higher level. My ultimate goal for the future is to become a sports director or manager of a professional cycling team.
“I would like to thank everybody for their vast and varied support throughout the years, the medical staff and Centre CENIT who tirelessly helped me, the teams I have been part of and most of all my family and close friends.’