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by Shane Stokes
September 2, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Trentin completes treble with victory on stage 13 of Vuelta; Brennauer outsprints Hosking and Fournier to win stage 4 of Boels Ladies Tour; Belkov says Vuelta assailant has a mental disability: ‘I won’t take any further action’; Successful heart surgery for Navardauskas; Following swift recovery from fractures, Hermans confirmed for Tour of Britain; Lawless joins other Tour de l’Avenir stage winners at Team Sky; Reist becomes first woman to win Race Around Ireland; Video: Theuns belts some tunes in Vuelta singsong; Video: Chris Froome post-race interview, Stage 13 Vuelta a España
Bahrain-Merida’s Ramunas Navardauskas has moved a step closer to returning to the pro peloton after a successful outcome to heart surgery on Thursday. The Lituanian underwent a procedure in Deutsche Herzzentrum München in Munich, Germany, where ablation treatment was carried out to correct cardiac arrhythmia.
The former Giro and Tour stage winner was a non-finisher on stage 8 of this year’s Critérium du Dauphiné and has not competed since. “I am feeling well,” he said after the surgery. “I’m recovering in the best way possible, thanks to the medical staff of the Herzzentrum clinic of Muchen who have been fantastic to me.” He also thanked his team.
Bahrain-Merida doctor Carlo Guardascione received the medical results and commented on where things are right now. “The surgery went very well. The problem was localized in sinoatral node,” he said. “He feels good and he can leave the clinic today or tomorrow, depending on whether he completes the final medical tests. As post operative care he will take anticoagulants for 6/8 weeks.
“During this time, he can continue training indoors, thereafter he will do further medical tests and strength tests to understand whether he is completely recovered from the cardiac arrhythmia.”
General manager Brent Copeland expressed satisfaction with how things had gone and said they will now wait a few weeks to get more results. “It has been a difficult year for Ramunas and we at Bahrain Merida have definitely felt his missed presence at many races, Ramunas is one of the most important riders for our team roster, he is one of the hardest workers in the peloton and we certainly looking forward to his return after he recovers completely.”