Monday, July 23, 2012

Zubeldia reveals heart problem

Haimar Zubeldia today revealed he's been struggling with a cardiac problem for the better part of the season.

The Euskaltel legend made the shocking revelation just hours before going on to clinch an astounding sixth place overall in the Tour de France - a place obtained without too much help from his beleaguered RadioShack-Nissan outfit. The 35-year-old sat out racing from the end of February to the end of May with what was reported at the time to be a thigh injury, but it now transpires that his "injury" was a tad bit more dangerous.

"Now that the Tour is practically over, I just wanted to say that this race has been a very important one for me this year", he said on his own homepage before the stage into Paris got underway. "It's been important because three months ago I suffered a persistent atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beat), and the doctors told me it could spell the end of my career. I had four weeks of complete rest and treatment.

Up until today, everything's been fine, and thanks to Dr. Bodegas, the unconditional support of my family, my friends and my team (who at all times were aware of the situation), I've returned to enjoy cycling like never before.

Some asked me why I didn't ride at the time and I said because of a hamstring injury... I couldn't say anything else back then, and I hope you understand. But now I can.

Thank you for your support during the Tour and for your understanding".

Photo: Team RadioShack


Kristof said...

Haimar Zubeldia, back there in 2003 together with Iban my big hero. I think both Iban and Haimar have taken high risks that year when it came to doping. I sometimes watch images of that TDF and when I see Haimar fly to Armstrong and Ulrich it gives me shivers. Convinced he rides clean since 2004, he never showed again 2003 level (which is normal) but with totally 4 top 10 places in TDF he can be proud to his carreer. But it's not what I would have expected, back there in 2003. In retrospect I have mixd feelings If I think about 2003.

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