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Mertens undergoes exploratory heart surgery

By:
Susan Westemeyer
Published:
November 19, 2009, 10:32 GMT,
Updated:
November 19, 2009, 9:35 GMT
Tim Mertens (Belgium) leads the field in the men's Madison qualifier

Tim Mertens (Belgium) leads the field in the men's Madison qualifier

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Track rider unwell at Manchester and Munich

Belgian track rider Tim Mertens underwent exploratory heart surgery Wednesday and will miss the Gent Six Day, November 24 to 29.

Mertens, 23, did not feel well at the World Cup meet in Manchester earlier this month.  He dropped out of last week's Munich Six Day race on the first day with reported circulation problems.

The surgery should clarify what the problem is and how serious it is.

Mertens also made his professional debut on the road this season, riding for the Belgian Professional Continental team Topsport-Vlaanderen.

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