Heart issue forces pro cyclist into early retirement

Wesley Kreder's doctor told him the wisest option was to end his career

Wesley Kreder signing on at the 2023 Tour of Poland
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Cofidis rider Wesley Kreder has decided to retire from professional cycling, aged 32, following a cardiac incident that left him hospitalised for over a week. 

The Dutchman experienced myocarditis - inflammation of the heart muscle - on the night of 28 August and woke up in hospital the next morning. He remained there under close medical watch until 6 September. 

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.