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by Mark Zalewski
February 14, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: With more UCI safety provisions on the way, teams’ group says progress is being made; Tour of Oman begins Tuesday with wide open field; Landa ready to begin 2017 campaign; Meersman deals with life after cycling; Cyclocross junior world champ pondering dual CX/road career; Tour de Galiyat brings rival nations together; Rapha’s London Nocturne race expanding; Where cycling is hazardous to your health; Wiggins leaves ‘The Jump’ with leg fracture; Video: Tony Spray – Poetry in Paint; Video: Training camp with Wanty-Groupe Gobert; Video: Valverde shows off ace bike handling skills.
Belgian Gianni Meersman suffered one of the most abrupt stops to a career last year, going from winning two stages at the Vuelta a España to forced retirement due to the discovery of a cardiac arrhythmia and scar tissue a few months later.
“For the first week it was quite easy to cope with it, but the last few days I’ve seen it become more difficult,” he said in an interview with Sporza. “Most of my cycling friends are away in foreign countries, at races or training. When you see those pictures, it hurts.
“Since my retirement I have not cycled any metres. When I heard the diagnosis I was at training camp. I just took my bike apart and came straight home.”
Meersman said that while losing his livelihood has been tough to handle, it has helped to put in a larger context in regards to his family. “Recently, my six-year-old daughter said ‘Dad, I’m so glad that now you will be at home more.’
“In the meantime I’m gradually working on my future. It is not necessarily going to be in cycling, although I would like to help young riders make their dream come true. I’m not made for a whole day to sit or 9 to 5 work at home.”
Click through to read more at Sporza.