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by Shane Stokes
March 18, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Halvorsen wins Handzame Classic in bunch sprint; Candid Kittel: German sprinter opens up about Milan-San Remo non-selection, Cavendish; Injured Gaviria still in line for San Remo ride, Boonen hopes Colombian will shine; Cycling Anti Doping Foundation looking into Edmondston/Team Sky matter; Greipel bypasses Milan-San Remo to be ready for Northern Classics; Bennett pledges backing for Sagan: ‘A win for Bora-hasgrohe on the Via Roma would be amazing’; Girdlestone’s recovery continues to exceed expectations; BMC Racing Team names Van Garderen as Catalunya captain; Cycling statistics – discover the tallest, shortest, lightest and heaviest riders in the WorldTour peloton; Crowdfunding campaign for cycling craft beer exceeds expectations; Greg van Avermaet – Winner
A little under ten months after he almost died in a crash in Italy, Keagan Girdlestone has reached another milestone in his recovery. The Team Dimension Data river released an update via social media and said that his body had once again exceeded expectations.
“Most of you know my right arm bicep is paralysed and it was said I was going to need surgery to try and improve it,” he wrote.
“My arm has made enough recovery naturally to avoid me needing surgery on my bicep! Avoiding risks that could potentially end my attempts to resurrect my carer.
“Hope everyone has a good weekend! I know I will based [sic] off this news. The dream lives on!”
The South African rider collided into his team car during the Coppa della Pace race on Sunday, June 5, hitting the rear window while chasing back on a descent. Suffering huge blood loss due to lacerations to his carotid artery and his jugular vein, he was hospitalised in severe condition.
He suffered several small strokes, had uncertain prospects of survival and remained in a coma for several days. Doctors initially warned his parents that they were not sure if he would be able to communicate due to his lack of oxygen after the crash, but he regained full consciousness and, despite damage to one of his vocal chords, is able to speak.
They were also sceptical if he would ever walk again but he did so two weeks after moving to the rehab centre. What’s more, he began cycling on an indoor trainer and then rode outdoors for the first time on November 5.
Since then he has continued to up his distance and intensity, and remains determined to try to return to competition. His latest news is further encouragement to him in that goal.
Click through to read a previous interview with Girdelstone and his father on Cyclingtips.