Peter Sagan set to leave hospital after heart operation

'Everything is under control and in just a few days I'll be back' says rider

Clock08:57, Saturday 24th February 2024
Peter Sagan will head home to Monaco on Saturday following his heart operation

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Peter Sagan will head home to Monaco on Saturday following his heart operation

Peter Sagan plans to leave hospital on Saturday after undergoing a heart procedure 24 hours ago.

According to a spokesperson for the rider, the operation was a success and if medically cleared the rider will travel from Italy to his home in Monaco.

On Friday it was reported that the three-time world champion would undergo an operation after discovering abnormalities during a recent race that showed a heart rate in excess of 200 beats per minute. He travelled to Italy for the ablation procedure, which is designed to correct arrhythmias in the heart.

Read more: Peter Sagan undergoes heart procedure

Following the operation on Friday the rider took to social media to give a brief update: “Hello guys, just a brief update. Everything is under control and in just a few days I'll be back on my @iamspecialized bike !! Here's an English translation of the original medical report in Italian,” Sagan wrote on Instagram.

The document supplied by Sagan stated that he was in good health and that a monitor had not been fitted to his heart. The operation was carried out at Lancisi University Hospital in Ancona

“The athlete is fine. An internal electrophysiological study was carried out, which excluded any supraventricular or ventricular arrhythmia of pathological significance,” the statement read.

"A subcutaneous event recorder has been implanted which will allow the future monitoring of the athlete. The procedure was carried out by Professor Antonio Dello Russo - Director of the Cardiology and Arrhythmology Clinic of the Marche University Hospital - and by his team, with the presence of Dr. Roberto Corsetti - the athlete's trusted cardiologist.”

Sagan will spend a short amount of time off the bike, roughly five to eight days, before returning to training. On Friday his spokesperson told GCN that a return to competition was scheduled within the next three weeks as Sagan looks to step up his mountain biking campaign ahead of the Olympic Games in Paris.

“We’ve discussed the situation with the team, with Specialized and we just decided to control the situation immediately so that we can be sure there’s nothing serious. It’s a routine thing to make sure there’s no stress or worries,” his spokesperson said.

“He will stay off the bike for between five to eight days and that’s just to recover from the little surgery. So our plan is to race in Marseille in 20 days.”

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