Elia Viviani aims for quick return after heart surgery

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Elia Viviani will spend two weeks off the bike after undergoing surgery to treat a cardiac arrhythmia in Ancona on Wednesday. The Cofidis rider has expressed hope that he will still be able to begin his season as planned at the UAE Tour in late February.

Viviani first noticed the anomaly in his heart rate while training in the hills of Valpolicella near Verona on Sunday, having completed a training camp with his Cofidis team in Spain the previous week. He contacted Dr. Roberto Corsetti, his former team doctor at Liquigas, and he was assessed that evening in Imola.

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