Diego Ulysses will have to give up work for several months. The 31-year-old Italian cyclist of the UAE Team Emirates has been diagnosed with myocarditis – damage to the myocardium, heart muscle, which is usually inflammatory. As a precautionary measure, doctors recommended that Diego Ulysses maintain absolute rest for several months. During this period, the Italian cyclist will undergo more thorough examinations to clarify the clinical picture.
Michele De Grandi, doctor of the UAE Team Emirates cycling team: “Diego underwent a routine health check according to UCI and team rules. He felt good, nothing bothered him. But during the application of physical efforts, he showed arrhythmia, which had not been there before. We have doubts.
Even a routine ultrasound scan and two new tests (24-hour monitoring of the ECG and MRI of the heart) showed the presence of arrhythmia, which led to the conclusion of myocarditis. Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle, usually of viral origin.
As a precaution, Ulysses was prescribed several months of complete rest. During this period, we will conduct a more thorough examination to clarify the clinical picture. “
Diego Ulysses had one of the most successful seasons this year – he won 5 victories, including two stages of the Giro d’Italia, the general classification of the Tour of Luxembourg. In total, the Italian cyclist has won 38 victories during his career.
Diego Ulysses: “I can’t hide the fact that I am worried and angry. There was never a trace of the disease. I always felt great. Fortunately, the team’s doctors reacted quickly when they noticed an abnormality. Hopefully the break I’m taking now will be temporary. I understand that health comes first, because life does not end with cycling.
I just finished probably one of the best seasons of my career. From January to October, he performed at a consistently high level, thanks to which he entered the top 10 of the UCI individual rating. I was already starting to prepare for the 2021 season, I wanted to continue based on the results achieved.
Now I found myself in an unforeseen situation. I think everyone understands what is going on in my head now. I thank the whole UAE Team Emirates from the bottom of my heart for taking great care of me during this unfortunate period. “