Olivier Kaisen retires from pro cycling with heart problem

Olivier Kaisen (Lotto-Belisol) forced to end professional cycling career due to heart problem

Olivier Kaisen

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Belgian Olivier Kaisen has ended his professional career with immediate effect due to a heart problem. Last night, the 30-year-old said that he felt too worried at the Tour Down Under to continue his job for Lotto-Belisol.

"After the second stage at the Tour Down Under I didn't feel well," Kaisen said in a press release. "It had been a very tiring and extremely hot day and I had ridden much at the head of the bunch for André Greipel. I did start the next stage, but immediately after the start of the third stage I felt something was wrong. I was scared and together with sports director Herman Frison I decided to quit. He said I couldn't take any risk."

Thank you for reading 20 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1