Anna Shackley is forced to quit top-level sport

Anna Shackley is forced to quit top-level sport


Linked cyclists Anna Shackley

Anna Shackley is to quit top-level sport based on the results of several medical tests. She was diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia in January. Following this, she underwent a heart screening in Maxima Medisch Centrum in Veldhoven in collaboration with the SD Worx-Protime's medical team. Here, several irregularities were found. That was the reason to immediately take her off the bike and do more extensive tests and procedures at the hospital in Barcelona near her hometown. All this time, Shackley (22) did not train or compete in races.
The latest result of all the tests and procedures has led to the conclusion that the heart problem is not compatible with a top-level sports career. "We are very sorry to see Anna's cycling career end like this," indicated sports manager Danny Stam. "She was one of the bigger talents in the women's peloton. We saw in recent years that she was making good progress and we believed she could grow to the world top.  It is especially unfortunate for her that she is now forced to stop. On the other hand, we are also happy that we were able to prevent any more dangerous complications. We hope Anna can return to her 'normal' life and we will work with the team to see how we can help."
We hope you will grant Anna Shackley some rest over the coming period so that she can cope with this setback.

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