Olympic silver medallist and recent World Cup Gold medal winner in Manchester Steve Cummings (23) has had a slight setback to the start of the season with his new top professional team Landbouwkrediet-Colnago. A standard UCI medical test found an abnormality, an ectopic heartbeat, not a very unusual occurrence, but one that always has to be investigated further. This meant that he had to spend a day in hospital and had to have cathetrization, in this case the insertion of catheters in his groin to scan his heart thoroughly.
This left him very sore and he was told by his doctors not to ride his bike for five days. However, the good news was that after the advanced tests he was confirmed 100 percent OK. The recovery time he needed meant he will miss the Tour of Langkawi, which he was meant to ride with his new team. Steve's debut will probably the Etoile de Bessèges in the South of France at the beginning of February.