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Colombian Tour de Suisse cyclist out of danger

The Colombian professional cyclist seriously injured in a fall while racing in the Tour de Suisse on June 16 is out of danger, according to team doctor Alfredo Zuniga.

However Juan Mauricio Soler will need to spend a few more days in intensive care at a hospital in St Gallen, Zuniga from the Movistar team said on the team’s homepage.

The 28-year-old athlete suffered a fractured skull, a broken ankle and lung injuries. He was placed in an artificial coma the day after the accident.

Until the crash, Soler had been holding onto second place overall and was less than a minute behind leader Damiano Cunego of Italy.

Soler was gradually woken from the coma and will undergo more tests and observation to determine whether he has suffered any neurological damage.

The race was won on June 19 by Levi Leipheimer of the United States, with a lead of just four seconds in the overall standings. Cunego, who wore the yellow jersey for much of the tour, was second.

swissinfo.ch and agencies


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