Glorious return to cyclocross for Van Empel
Fem van Empel has marked her return to the field with a victory. The 21-year-old...
Nathan Van Hooydonck left the University Hospital of Antwerp today. The Belgian rider of Team Jumbo-Visma is doing well under the circumstances.
Yesterday, the 27-year-old Fleming was fitted with an internal defibrillator (ICD) to correct potential future cardiac arrhythmia. After thorough testing, Van Hooydonck was diagnosed with a heart muscle anomaly that caused the disorder that nearly claimed his life last Tuesday. The findings mean the end to Van Hooydonck's professional career.
"I realise that I was incredibly lucky", Van Hooydonck says. "Things may have gone differently if I hadn't gotten good help so quickly. I'm fine now, but I still have to deal with the fact that this marks the end of my professional career. I would like to express my gratitude to the people who helped me, the medical team at the hospital and all the fans who sent me messages. I will now focus on my recovery and my upcoming fatherhood. Everything is going well with Alicia and the pregnancy, and we eagerly anticipate the birth. That really helps me now."
The team and rider ask the media and others to give Nathan the rest he needs to continue his recovery.