Jens Keukeleire confesses heart concerns after recovering from Covid-19
Jun 05 2020 02:02 am CET

Jens Keukeleire confesses heart concerns after recovering from Covid-19
Jens Keukeleire confesses heart concerns after recovering from Covid-19
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EF Pro Cycling's Jens Keukeleire has disclosed that he suffered from coronavirus and was concerned about the state of his heart after his recovery.

The Covid-19 pandemic has put a stop to the cycling calendar and while riders, teams, races and sponsors expect that the competitions can return in July, more stories of cyclists suffering from the disease are known. After it has been disclosed that Fernando Gaviria and Max Richeze (UAE Team Emirates) had the illness during the UAE Tour, now it's also known that Keukeleire had it.

"I got tested a few weeks ago and it turns out that I had the virus," said the rider to Belgian broadcaster Sporza. "I also known more or less when. I got sick about two or three weeks after the opening weekend (February 29 and March 1). The lockdown was then about to start."

Keukeleire participated in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on February 29 -finishing in the 51st position- and the next day he dropped out of Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne. "I had a fever, but otherwise I had no corona symptoms such as loss of smell or taste. I had a fever for a long time and I felt for a long time that there was something in my body that was not normal.

"I was tired for a long time and I took it easy for a while. I had my blood checked about two weeks ago and I tested positive for antibodies. I also had additional tests performed for my heart and lungs and those results were good. I can race again, but I have not been able to go back to my past shape. I have not been able to reach the level that I had before it."

The Belgian also confessed that for a while he was concerned about the condition of his heart. "My heart worried me," he explained. "We have seen that many corona patients have had their hearts affected and many riders have had to stop due to heart problems in recent years. You don't want to consider something like that."
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