Champion cyclist and Monaco resident Peter Sagan left hospital in Italy on Saturday following a heart procedure on the previous day.

According to a spokesperson for the rider, the operation was a success and if medically-cleared the rider would travel from Italy to his home in Monaco, reported.

The three-time world champion underwent an operation after discovering abnormalities during a recent race that showed a heart rate in excess of 200 beats per minute. He travelled to Italy for the ablation procedure. The operation was carried out at Lancisi University Hospital in Ancona.

Following the operation on Friday the rider took to social media to give a brief update: “Hello guys, just a brief update. Everything is under control and in just a few days I’ll be back on my @iamspecialized bike !! Here’s an English translation of the original medical report in Italian,” Sagan wrote on Instagram: “The athlete is fine. An internal electrophysiological study was carried out, which excluded any supraventricular or ventricular arrhythmia of pathological significance,” the statement read.

“A subcutaneous event recorder has been implanted which will allow the future monitoring of the athlete. The procedure was carried out by Professor Antonio Dello Russo – Director of the Cardiology and Arrhythmology Clinic of the Marche University Hospital – and by his team, with the presence of Dr. Roberto Corsetti – the athlete’s trusted cardiologist.

Sagan will spend a short amount of time off the bike, roughly five to eight days, before returning to training.
“We’ve discussed the situation with the team, with Specialized and we just decided to control the situation immediately so that we can be sure there’s nothing serious. It’s a routine thing to make sure there’s no stress or worries,” his spokesperson said.

“He will stay off the bike for between five to eight days and that’s just to recover from the little surgery. So our plan is to race in Marseille in 20 days.”

FILE PHOTO: Slovak cyclist Peter Sagan Reuters