Update: Sonny Colbrelli ‘in touch with family and friends’ as he recovers in hospital

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Sonny Colbrelli is recovering in a Spanish hospital on Tuesday after a dramatic health emergency at the finish line during the opening stage of the Volta a Catalunya on Monday.

Bahrain-Victorious said on Tuesday morning that the Italian star will undergo further tests at a Spanish hospital.

“After being admitted to Girona University Hospital, Doctor Josep Trueta, Sonny Colbrelli was conscious and feeling well. He has since been in contact with family and friends as he recovers in hospital,” said a statement from the team on Tuesday.

“He will undergo further tests today to find out the cause of yesterday’s incident. All cardiac tests carried out last night showed no signs of concern or compromised functions.

Overnight, a medical statement from race organizers Volta a Catalunya confirmed details of the life-threatening health scare involving Colbrelli in the Spanish WorldTour race following Monday’s first stage sprint.

According to an official statement released on Monday evening, race officials confirm that the Bahrain-Victorious star lost consciousness and went into convulsions before suffering what is described as cardiorespiratory arrest moments after crossing the finish line. arrival.

Officials say paramedics at the scene immediately began performing CPR and used a defibrillator to resuscitate the 2021 Paris-Roubaix winner.

Colbrelli, 31, regained consciousness and was taken to a regional hospital, the statement said.

“Approximately 100 meters after crossing the finish line, Colbrelli lost consciousness with convulsions and subsequently suffered cardiorespiratory arrest,” a statement read. “Paramedics attended to him immediately and were able to reverse the situation with CPR and the use of a defibrillator.”

The statement is the first official confirmation to provide further details of Monday’s dramatic finish line scene at Sant Feliu de Guíxols in Catalonia.

Witnesses described seeing Colbrelli cross the line after finishing second in a tough final and was about to greet someone when he suddenly collapsed on his bike, according to a Spanish newspaper. The newspaper reported.

Video footage shows health workers holding screens to block the view as several paramedics attend Colbrelli, a common practice in health emergencies in Spain.

It is unclear how long he was unconscious, but local media and team officials said Colbrelli was conscious when he left in an ambulance with a police escort towards Girona, around 35km away.

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Colbrelli skipped Milan-San Remo this weekend after pulling out of Paris-Nice earlier this month with what team officials said was bronchitis. Videos of Colbrelli showed him smiling at the start and eager to return to competition ahead of the important Classics period.

The race statement issued on Monday evening provided additional details to what Bahrain-Victorious team officials revealed after the incident.

“After the stage 1 sprint from Volta a Catalunya, Sonny Colbrelli lost consciousness,” a team statement said on Monday. “Colbrelli underwent further medical assistance and was in stable condition after being taken in an ambulance to Girona University Hospital to further investigate his condition. Team Bahrain Victorious would like to thank the organizers and medical teams for their support and assistance.

Social media signs were lit with support and words of encouragement for Colbrelli and the Bahrain-Victorious team.

The official press release published Monday by the organizers of the race.