Former Italian sprinter Mario Cipollini is recovering from a five-hour heart surgery undertaken to correct an artery anomaly, having risked death because of the condition.

The procedure was performed last month, with Cipollini going public with his health issues in order to help people better understand the heart problems cyclists can face.

>>>Chris Froome undergoes further operation as he continues his recovery

The coronary artery anomaly occurred at a spot where his hearts muscles fibres wrap around the artery, which was around two centimetres deep in his heart and compressed. After checks, a a ventricular tachycardia ablation was immediately performed at a hospital in Ancona, Italy.

The problem is much more serious than we could think, Doctor Roberto Corsetti told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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