Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 30, 2016

Today’s CT Daily News Digest: Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 and 9150 – Everything to know; Your guide to the 2016 Giro Rosa, women’s cycling’s biggest tour; BikeExchange steps up as new naming sponsor for ‘Orica-BikeExchange’; Twenty and thwarted: Why a world champion left pro cycling after just one season; Varnish will not appeal non-selection for Rio; Carmen Small requesting arbitration over Rio team omission; Bouhanni out of Tour de France; Vansummeren retires due to heart problem; Contador, Sagan lead Tinkoff Tour de France team; Whitten comes back from crash to win Canadian TT title; Rise – Inside Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka #8

Vansummeren retires due to heart problem

by CyclingTips

2011 Paris-Roubaix champion Johan Vansummeren announced his retirement on Wednesday following a diagnosis of a heart anomaly.

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“I am really sad to stop my career because of medical reasons but my health is more important than cycling ambitions,” Vansummeren said in a statement issued by his Ag2r team. “Over the last few months I have done many medical tests. Then, two surgical interventions put a name on my health issue.”

The 35-year-old was joined by his wife at a press conference near his home in Lommel, Belgium, with both reduced to tears.

“From now, my state of health requires repeated health check and forced me to end career. I spent 13 exceptional seasons in professional cycling that allowed me to make a living from my passion.

“I did tremendous physical efforts to ride among the best riders as well. I even had the benefit to win Paris-Roubaix which was the race I dreamt of. For sure, this victory will remain as my best memory in professional cycling.”

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