Pawel Cieslik to miss first part of season after undergoing heart surgery
Jan 29 2018 10:09 pm CET

Pawel Cieslik to miss first part of season after undergoing heart surgery
Pawel Cieslik to miss first part of season after undergoing heart surgery
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PAWEL CIESLIK
CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE

CCC Sprandi Polkowice's Pawel Cieslik will miss the first part of the 2018 season due to heart issues. The problems of the rider were discovered during a routine medical examination.

The 31-year-old made the move from the continental to the ProContinental level with CCC Sprandi Polkowice but his debut with the team will have to wait. "We detected a suspicion of ASD (atrial septal defect) and PFO (patent foramen ovale)," explained team doctor Piotr Kosielski.

"Further diagnosis confirmed the initial concerns. The situation required invasive cardiology intervention. The surgery was successful and Pawel has been discharged from the hospital. Currently, he is feeling well and is undergoing rehabilitation. He will be evaluated in six weeks and we expect him to return on the bike in three months."

The team supports the rider and is looking forward to his return to the road. "We will do everything in our power to help Pawel get back to full health and he can count on our support," said sporting director Piotr Wadecki. "His health and recovery is our priority and this is what we are focusing on right now.

"We believe that Pawel will return to racing this season, and from our experience, riders who missed the first part of the season due to injury or other issues, are often very strong in the second part. If the treatment goes according to the timetable we should see Pawel strong and ready at the Tour de Pologne.

"We will patiently wait for his return. He will be back to training and racing when he is fully healthy and gets 'green light' from the doctors. We don’t want to rush anything and put him at risk," he concluded.
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