Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

April 26, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Pello Bilbao wins Tour of Turkey, stage 2; Hampsten on the Extreme Weather Protocol: I’m seeing bike racing turn into numbers, not glorious battles; How the Race Was Won: 2016 Liège-Bastogne-Liège; Michael Rogers announces immediate retirement from cycling due to ongoing heart issues; Rivera, Powless win Joe Martin Stage Race; Sagan returns to mountain bike racing; Colorado pro cyclist’s memory gone after crash; 2017 Tour de France start details emerge; Strava launches Global Bike to Work Day to help improve cycling infrastructure; Video: Orica-GreenEdge backstage pass: Liège-Bastogne-Liège; Video: Life as a pro mechanic

Michael Rogers announces immediate retirement from cycling due to ongoing heart issues

by VeloClub

Three time world time trial champion, Tour de France and Giro d’Italia stage winner Michael Rogers has announced that he is quitting the sport of cycling effective immediately, saying that heart issues picked up last December have prompted him to take a difficult decision.

The Tinkoff rider, who was due to ride his final season this year and had hoped to go to Rio plus compete in the Tour de France, said that he didn’t want to take the risk of pressing onwards.

“Recent cardiac examinations have identified occurrences of heart arrhythmia which have never been detected beforehand,” he said in a personal release issued over social media. “This latest diagnosis, added to the congenital heart condition I was diagnosed with in 2001, means that my competitive career must end. My last race being the Dubai Tour in February.”

Rogers’ heart issue was announced by his team in December, with the squad stating that he would miss his planned participation in the Australian national championships and the Santos Tour Down Under.

“Michael was diagnosed with a congenital bicuspid aortic valve in 2001,” stated Doctor Piet De Moor, the head of Tinkoff-Saxo’s medical team, at the time.

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