Patrick Bevin has been forced to miss out on the 2020 Santos Tour Down Under due to an episode of cardiac arrhythmia.
During training prior to the race – which starts on the 21st January – Bevin experienced an irregular heartbeat. An electrocardiogram confirmed supraventricular arrhythmia and he was duly treated.
CCC Team Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Testa explained the situation, saying, “Patrick Bevin was admitted to the Calvary Wakefield Hospital in Adelaide after noticing some irregularities in his heartbeat during training. Patrick does not have a history of heart problems however, an electrocardiogram detected an episode of supraventricular arrhythmia.”
The condition is a non-life threatening one and treatment was immediately administered. It does mean, however, that Bevin will be returning to New Zealand and missing out on the race that he’d prepared so hard for over the last months.
“It’s disappointing to miss the race after preparing all off season for it and especially after coming so close to the win last year. I was looking forward to returning and trying to repeat my success however it’s definitely a case of being safe than sorry and the timing has made it impossible to race here in Adelaide,” Bevin said in a team statement.
“I feel completely fine now and it’s now just a matter of rest and recovery to ensure it doesn’t happen again. With the solid block of off season training in my legs, I’m confident I can still have a strong start to the season one month later than planned.”
Bevin’s place on the team will be replaced by Belgian rider Guillaume van Keirsbulck, former teammate of Dion Smith at Wanty-Groupe Gobert.