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One day after Spanish website Marca claimed that Adriano Malori’s crash in the Tour de San Luis was due to a brain abnormality and that his Movistar team had tried to hide the truth, the Spanish squad has issued a strong denial.
According to the Spanish publication, an abnormality such as an aneurysm caused Malori’s crash on stage five of the race, which in turn led to many others falling.
It also claimed that he would be sent to the Instituto Alexander Fleming in order to correctly diagnose the cause of the crash.
Not so, states the team, which has clarified the situation.
“The riders who closely witnessed the accident confirmed the sequence of events that led to Adriano’s injuries: Malori hit a pothole, which threw him off balance and made him crash,” it said in a statement. “That was, without any sort of doubt, the reason for his accident.”
It also answered the claims about the nature of his unconsciousness.
“Moments after the accident and following his admission to the hospital, joined by the team’s medical staff, the rider was induced to a status of ‘coma’, which stands for a sort of induced sedation, allowing the patient’s injuries to heal in a controlled way. The ‘coma’ was never a direct consequence of the trauma.”
Indeed, those who suffer head injuries are often placed in an induced coma. This was seen in the case of Kris Boeckmans last season and other riders before that.
The Spanish squad rejects Marca’s claim that it deliberately misled over the nature of the crash.
“The Movistar Team has always informed about the condition of riders, like Adriano Malori, who crashed during a competition or while training. Our information is always offered with an aim for transparency and issued periodically, but always taking into account that, sometimes, respect to the involved rider’s intimity and to his family and friends is much due.
“In no way has the Movistar Team tried to hide the seriousness of the rider’s injuries. There cannot be any confusion about the extreme rigurosity on our communications, which are always based on precise, reliable medical reports.”
Team doctor Jesus Hoyos earlier stated that he was pleased with the progress Malori was making.
The hospital treating him said that he is stable and able to communicate, responding to simple commands.
Movistar is considering moving him to Buenos Aires this week, after which it will be possible to have greater clarity about when he can return to Italy.