Heart problems force neo-pro Tanguy Turgis into early retirement
07 October 2018 10:50
Tanguy Turgis has only been a professional cyclist for just over nine months, but he has been forced to call an early end to his career after a heart defect was discovered. The 20-year-old Frenchman, younger brother of Jimmy and Anthony Turgis, turned pro with the Vital Concept team this year and has raced throughout the season, including a number of top-level spring classics. The warning signs appeared during the Famenne Ardenne Classic in Belgium at the end of September and he was taken to the local hospital before being taken to a larger facility in Rennes, where he remained for several days in order to get to the bottom of the problem. ADVERTISEMENT "The doctors sadly confirmed what I feared since the tests taken on Monday. I have an irregularity that is susceptible to worsen over time and it's forbidden to take any risks," said Turgis. "Even if I will still be able to ride at a decent pace and go out with my friends, I am not able to participate in elite-level sport. It's like everything has collapsed." Turgis had taken up cycling as early as five years old and the sport is his big passion in life. It's a family affair, too, with his two older brothers, Jimmy and Anthony, already racing as professionals. "This is going to change my life," said Turgis. "It's hard to accept, because I love cycling more than anything else and I feel like I'm abandoning my brothers. I so wanted to ride alongside Jimmy next year, in the same jersey. It's going to take some time to process this but I hope to stay in the world of cycling. I love it too much and I would like to stay with my brothers, help them however I can and give back some of what they have done for me over the years.
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