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Heart concern sidelines Roubaix winner Vansummeren

Johan Vansummeren, winner of the 2011 edition of Paris-Roubaix, withdrew from stage 3 at Tour of Oman, and now his spring season is on hold due to concerns about his heart health.

“We have to pay special attention to Johan Vansummeren’s case,” said Ag2r La Mondiale medical director Eric Bouvat. “We can assure you every possible effort will be made to protect him. His health is our top priority.”

The 35-year-old Belgian is in his second year with the French outfit. He raced a full schedule in 2015, from February’s Dubai Tour through September’s world championships, including the Vuelta a España.

“On the first hand, I am really disappointed because the classics were one of my main season’s objectives,” Vansummeren said. “But on the other hand, we are talking about heart defects therefore it is essential to do additional examinations. I do not want to take any risks because I need to be as healthy as possible to start competition again. I hope to be quickly reassured and, evidently, to ride with Ag2r La Mondiale team roster again during this season.”

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