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Malori out of coma in Argentina

  • By Gregor Brown
  • Published Jan. 27, 2016
  • Updated Jan. 27, 2016 at 4:29 PM EDT
Adriano Malori, stage 21 winner, 2014 Vuelta a España. Photo by Tim de Waele.

MILAN (VN) — Italian rider Adriano Malori is out of a medically-induced coma, said representatives from his Movistar team.

Malori suffered the crash during Friday’s fifth stage of Argentina’s Tour de San Luis. Malori was riding nearly 40mph at the front of the bunch when he hit a crack in the road and crashed. He suffered a broken right collarbone as well as head injuries, and was sedated by doctors after being taken to a hospital.

Movistar, which held its team presentation in Spain today, told VeloNews that Malori has been out of sedation for 48 hours and is, “Conscious and lucid.” The report comes from the team’s doctor Jesús Hoyos, who has been by Malori’s bedside at hospitals in both San Luis and Buenos Aires.

On Monday, medics transferred Malori to the Fleni neurological clinic in Buenos Aires. According to a team announcement, doctors at the neurological clinic can provide specialized care, which was not available at the hospital in San Luis. “This is the usual protocol in such injuries, consequence of a cranioencephalic trauma,” the team said. .

Malori will receive help from his girlfriend, Elisa, and his mother, Alessandra, who flew to Argentina from Rome on Wednesday. Malori celebrates his 28th birthday on Thursday, January 28.

Movistar will undoubtedly miss Malori in the coming Spring campaign. A talented time trialist, Malori finished second to Belarusian Vasil Kiryienka (Sky) at the 2015 UCI world championships in Richmond, VA. He also helped Movistar win the opening time trial stage of the Tour de San Luis. His teammate Dayer Quintana went on to win the overall with help of his star brother Nairo Quintana.

Dayer Quintana dedicated his overall win in San Luis to Malori. Shortly before leaving to Spain, where Movistar presented its team today in Madrid, Movistar teammates visited Malori in the hospital.

“We present the team without Adriano today,” team manager Eusebio Unzué told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “He should be here with us and the most important thing is that he returns to the peloton as soon as possible. That’s our main wish for this 2016.”

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown

Bikes kept Gregor Brown out of trouble growing up in Oklahoma — BMX, freestyle and then watching Greg LeMond's Tour de France wins on CBS television's weekend highlights shows. The drama of the 1998 Tour, however, truly drew him into the fold. With a growing curiosity in European races and lifestyle, he followed his heart and established camp on Lake Como's shores in 2004. Brown has been following the Giro, the Tour and every major race in Europe since 2006. He will tell you it is about the "race within the race" – punching out the news and running to finish – but he loves a proper dinner, un piatto tipico ed un vino della zona.

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