Former Roubaix winner Johan Vansummeren cancels upcoming races with heart problem

Johan Vansummeren has withdrawn from racing after experiencing heart problems at the Tour of Oman

Johan Vansummeren

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Belgian Johan Vansummeren, 2011 Paris-Roubaix winner, will miss this weekend's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne due to a heart problem. France's Ag2r La Mondiale team stopped him after the second stage in the Tour of Oman on Wednesday due to recurring problems.

The team announced that the 35-year-old is undergoing medical examinations in Belgium without saying when, or if, he could return to action.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.