Johan Vansummeren could miss entire Classics season as heart problems keep him sidelined

The heart problems diagnosed at the Tour of Oman continue to prove a mystery, meaning Johan Vansummeren will continue to be sidelined as the Classics approach

Johan Vansummeren

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The 2011 Paris-Roubaix champion Johan Vansummeren could miss the entire Classics season, with the heart problems diagnosed at the Tour of Oman continuing to prove a mystery.

Vansummeren, who is in the final year of his contract at Ag2r La Mondiale, was withdrawn in Oman before stage three after an irregularity was discovered with his heart and the Belgian is undergoing tests in his homeland to get to the root of the problem.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.