“Albert, who read from a letter during the press conference, said retiring was the only option because of the health condition.
“The bike has always been the biggest passion of my life, but after six years, I have to abruptly give up my professional life,” he said, according to a Sporza report.”
“The 28-year old Belgian has the condition which, when in competition, could cause a fatal heart attack. “Much sooner than I had anticipated I have to end my career,” the two times world champion declared emotionally at a press conference.”
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New Zealand cycling in shock following sudden death of Patrick Avery.
New Zealand cyclists are mourning the loss of fellow rider, Patrick Avery, 21, who died suddenly on Tuesday evening.
“If you have not heard, Patrick fell off this bike towards the end of the Crit, there is a possibility he had a heart attack but we do not know the cause,” wrote Peter Clark, President of Cycling Rotorua to club members according to a Rotorua Mountain Bike Club post on Facebook.
“We believe it may have been a seizure of heart attack which caused him to fall off the bike, but we are not sure.”
“Patrick comes from a well known cycling family in Rotorua, he was a fantastic young guy, very laid back and a very good cyclist.”