Gianni Meersman forced to retire with heart issue

Routine medical check discovers that Belgian rider Gianni Meersman has a heart condition, and he immediately retires from professional cycling

Gianni Meersman wins stage five of the Vuelta a España (Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

Double 2016 Vuelta a España stage winner Gianni Meersman has been forced to bring his professional cycling career to a premature end after a routine medical check discovered that he had a heart condition.

It was discovered that the 31-year-old Belgian had a cardiac arrhythmia and scar tissue on his heart during a medical check, as Meersman prepared to switch from the Etixx-QuickStep team to Fortuneo-Vital Concept for 2017.

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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.