23-year-old cyclist Alexis Renard confirmed to undergo heart surgery

23-year-old French cyclist Alexis Renard has confirmed that he has undergone heart surgery. Image: FacebookAlexis Renard

NEWS broke over the weekend that France’s top cyclist Alexis Renard is due to undergo heart surgery in August after his season ended prematurely.

Alexis Renard, the 23-year-old cyclist from the Cofidis team, must be operated on at the University of Nantes on Wednesday August 3, after the sudden onset of a heart rhythm disorder.

“During exercise, I have a heart rate that increases like everyone else,” Renard said.

“But when I stop cycling, the intensity is still the same.”

Following tests at the Nantes University Hospital, supervised by the Cofidis team, it turned out that Renard needed to remove an atrium.

“This sensation of arrhythmia is not compatible with the practice of high-level sport. I don’t want to take the place of a teammate if I’m not operational,” he said.

The seriousness of Renard’s situation prompted the Cofidis team to bring forward its operation from October.

The young French cyclist achieved three top 10s this season (on stages of the Saudi Tour, the Circuit de la Sarthe and the 4 Days of Dunkirk) before his season was interrupted prematurely.

After the operation, Renard’s recovery will take a total of three months and the team hope to find him for next season.

“Of course it’s not an easy phase to go through mentally, especially since I won’t be able to race until February next year,” he said.

“But I feel that the team is with me and this support is particularly valuable to me.”

Late in the evening of Saturday July 16, the Cofidis team wrote on social networks: “Following the appearance of heart rhythm disorders, @alexisrenard_ will be operated on August 3, thus signing the end of his season.”

Social media users flooded social media with well wishes after the news.

One person said: “Courage Alexis, you will come back stronger next season! 💪”

While another person said: “Courage and good recovery! On the way to the classics 2023. »

One person wrote, “Good luck and get well and see you next year @alexisrenard_”

“Good luck young man, come back to us quickly in great shape 🤞” said another.

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