Viviani combines track and road work to get back to his sprinting best

Team Cofidis rider Italy's Elia Viviani looks on prior the start of the 10th stage of the Giro dItalia 2020 cycling race a 177kilometer route between Lanciano and Tortoreto on October 13 2020 Photo by Luca Bettini AFP Photo by LUCA BETTINIAFP via Getty Images
Team Cofidis rider Elia Viviani will begin his 2021 season at the UAE Tour (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Elia Viviani will travel to Abu Dhabi on Thursday, keen to finally start his 2021 road racing season at the UAE Tour after a cardiac arrhythmia and subsequent ablation surgery forced him to spend three weeks off the bike.

The Italian started training again last week at a Cofidis training camp near Almería and has spent the last few days at the Montichiari Velodrome near Brescia training with the Italian national track team as they lay down the foundations for the Tokyo Olympic Games. He will target success on the road with Cofidis and then lead the Italian track team in Tokyo.  

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.