Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 20, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Brailsford finally discloses nature of 2011 Sky mystery package for Wiggins, yet questions linger; Zwift Academy rider Leah Thorvilson wins Canyon-SRAM contract; Elite racer turned orthopedic surgeon to conduct extensive concussion and injury study among pro, amateur cyclists; Vansummeren on life after racing; Funvic Soul Cycles-Carrefour team suspended for multiple doping positives; MPCC sponsors call for additional commitment to fighting other kinds of cheating; American Owen to skip cyclocross to focus on road; Young Aussie champion Alex Morgan steps away from cycling; Team Sky dines on Norwegian salmon prize at camp; Backlash over New Zealand brewery’s ad promotion with Lance Armstrong; British track sprinter Williamson to return after serious crash; Documentary: ‘From the South UP.’

Vansummeren on life after racing

by CyclingTips

2011 Paris-Roubaix champion Johan Vansummeren was forced to retire from the sport well before he was ready to, due to a heart condition. He spoke with Belgian broadcaster Sporza about learning of the diagnosis that would end his career and how he is dealing with life after racing.

Valenciennes - France - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Johan Vansummeren of Garmin-Barracuda team in action make a recognition on the cobblestones sectors on the Paris Roubaix parcours on April 5, 2012 in Valenciennes, Belgium - foto Cor Vos ©2012

“The worst was after my second heart operation,” he said. “I had an exercise test in Hasselt. I had a good hope, but also knew it was all or nothing. During the test I saw the faces of the doctors show that it was not good. Then my world collapsed.”

Despite his retirement at a young age, he said he is still satisfied with what he accomplished in a relatively short time. “I do not think I can complain about my career. There are riders who have demonstrated more than I, but also less. I’m satisfied.”

The Belgian said he hopes to one day become a sport director with a team, and has gone so far as to take the UCI course for it, paying out of his own pocket. But calls to teams have not yet turned up a position.

In the mean time he does still ride a bike, albeit much more slowly, with one eye always on his heart rate monitor and with the aid of beta blockers.

Click through to read more at Sporza.