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Simon Andreassen Undergoes Emergency Appendectomy, Withdraws From Cape Epic

Oct 12, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  
Simon Andreassen had a strong ride to 8th.

Cannondale has announced that Simon Andreassen has withdrawn from the Cape Epic following an emergency appendectomy. Andreassen was due to race the 'Tour de France of mountain biking' alongside teammate Alan Hatherly but will not be recovered from the surgery in time to take the start line.

An appendectomy is the removal of the appendix and is carried out to treat appendicitis. In humans, the appendix does not perform any important function and removing it does not cause any long-term problems.

Screenshot: @simon_andreassen

bigquotesWe’re disappointed to announce that Cannondale Factory Racing has been forced to pull out of the 2021 Cape Epic. Shortly after landing in South Africa, Simon Andreassen underwent an emergency appendectomy. Surgery went well and Simon is in good spirits, but unfortunately, he will not be fully recovered in time to toe the start line with race partner Alan Hatherly.

Simon and Alan were stoked to represent CFR at Cape Epic this year, and we know they would have done an incredible job. Thankfully these two young guns have long careers ahead of them and we look forward to seeing them tackle this stage race together in the future.

Simon is expected to make a full recovery and be back racing next year.

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  • 56 0
 But why didn't they ask Tinker to step in. I'm sure he would have been able to.
  • 8 0
 Too soon
  • 1 3
 Who says those skinny race bikes arent as dangerous as rampage
  • 25 1
 Being healthy is more important than anything else. Be well Simon!
  • 10 1
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 love to you for this comment 3
  • 11 3
 There's a lot of info supporting the appendix being an important gut biome reserve.
  • 5 2
 Exactly. Maybe PB should look into it and rephrase that sentence of theirs
  • 10 1
 I had my appendix out when I was in 4th grade and im 40 now. Ive yet to experience any ill effects. I have no problem eating anything. I recognize that im just one person, but thought Id provide a real world example.
  • 4 0
 I did just google it and found a neat article from Time magazine. Interesting!
  • 9 0
 @rallyimprezive: the hypothesis is that the appendix serves as a safe haven for gut bacteria in case of things such as heavy diarrhea. So if such event occurs and your biome is wiped out, it can repopulate your gut faster afterwards.
So it would be hard to witness any ill effects in case you never had such conditions, and, even if you did, doctors generally prescribe supplements after those nowadays
  • 5 0
 @Arierep: interesting. I appreciate the info.
  • 5 0
 I burst mine and tried to work off the pain for a week, my body had grown a layer around it to try and stem the flow! 8 days in intensive care, I wouldn't recommend it
  • 9 0
 My wife's appendix situation was similar. She did the same, just worked through the pain for a few days before it was clear the ER was the only choice. Turns out she was septic from the rupture and there was a moment when the doctors said that they'd done what they could do and were waiting for the medication to work. Pretty harrowing to get that sort of report while holding a 1 year old baby. Thankfully everything turned out alright.
  • 1 0
 Too bad. I was looking forward to Simon and Alan making things more interesting on the Men's side this year. Probably for the best though. It would not be good if it blew out during the race. Take the time to heal up properly. GWS.
  • 5 2
 Appendix is such a weird organ, it does nothing but then decides to eat sh*t just when least needed. Get well soon champ!
  • 3 0
 I will trade you my appendix for some 29r rims , must include hubs . Not interested in junk
  • 3 1
 Aw that's good it was arthroscopic. Now he will have a cool belly button scar! Yay!
  • 4 0
 Not exactly arthroscopic Wink
  • 12 0
 Laparoscopic- looking at the eagle tattoo the surgeon had a sense of humor!
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 @chrsei: Prometheus on a bike.
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 I just had this done at the beginning of the year. Glad they pull it out the belly button now instead of the massive scars you used to get.

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