“Good Luck in Great Tragedy”
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Sonny Colbrelli collapses in the finish area of the Tour of Catalonia and is fighting for his life there. The professional cyclist survived, he himself speaks of a “miracle”. Now he is back in his home country. For the continuation of his career, however, another miracle is needed.
After collapsing at the start of the Tour of Catalonia, professional cyclist Sonny Colbrelli has returned to his native Italy. Since the European champion is now in a stable condition, he has been allowed to leave the hospital in Girona, his racing team Bahrain Victorious announced on Sunday. Colbrelli is scheduled to undergo further tests in Italy to determine the cause of his cardiac arrhythmias.
Colbrelli collapsed and passed out on Monday after the finish sprint of the opening stage. The 31-year-old needed cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The professional cyclist could not remember the incident. “I crossed the line and then fell to the ground,” Colbrelli explained. He only remembered when he woke up in the hospital.
Just one day after the frightening and worrying incident, Colbrelli had already looked ahead: “It was scary at first, but I’m already thinking about when I can race again,” Colbrelli told the Italian newspaper “Gazzetta dello Sport”. Team Bahrain Victorious announced that “all heart tests performed last night revealed no signs of concern or impaired function.”
“It’s a miracle”
According to the team, further investigations had shown that a cardiac arrhythmia had led to the collapse. It is unclear whether the class sprinter will be able to continue his career, the Italian knows that himself: “It’s a miracle that I’m still alive, and now it would take another one to get me back in the saddle.”
The doctor who treated him in Spain reported in the “Gazzetta dello Sport” on the farewell to his prominent patient “Colbrelli was very lucky in this great tragedy, because thanks to the quick rescue he was saved. When he arrived at the hospital , I didn’t know who he was, I don’t follow cycling and I didn’t care: I’m only interested in the health of patients. I said goodbye to him today and wished him all the best. There are difficult decisions ahead, but medically he is in very good hands.”