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Four months after being placed in an induced coma, Cretti back on a bike

by VeloClub

Months after a crash in the Giro Rosa left her with serious head injuries, Claudia Cretti (Valcar-PBM) has ridden a bike for the first time. The Italian rider was filmed by Rai Sport taking her first pedal strokes, with her brother Giacomo guiding her as she pedalled aboard a mountain bike.

Cretti crashed heavily during stage 7 of this year’s Giro Rosa in July. Her head struck a guardrail and she suffered severe head trauma, leading to multiple contusions. She was operated on to decompress the pressure on her brain and to take out a cerebral hematoma. She was kept in a medically-induced coma for more than a week, then finally transported to a hospital in her hometown of Brescia a month after the accident.

The video shows the effects of that fall. In addition to a very short haircut, something which reminds of the operation she underwent, she moves slowly and with some hesitation. However her brother noted that it was her first time to smile like she used to, showing how much the moment meant to her. It is hoped that her recovery will continue as more time passes.

It remains unclear if Cretti could return to professional sport in the future. She took eight on stage four of the Giro Rosa, days before her crash.