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by Mark Zalewski
June 15, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Richeze wins tight Suisse sprint; Judge rules that Operacion Puerto blood bags can finally be handed over; UCI, WADA to push for identification of Puerto athletes; Interview: Why Phil Gaimon believes Danielson wasn’t doping; Keagan Girdlestone out of coma and breathing unassisted; Dot watching – The Trans Am and the Tour Divide; Rio velodrome not ready until mid-July; UK Anti-Doping admits failures in Dan Stevens case; Copeland to manage new Bahrain team; Fabio Felline set to return to racing; Chris Anker Sørensen speaks of Tinkoff team exit; Cycling media loses valued member; Leah Kirchman extends with Liv-Plantur; Is cycling more harmful to the environment than a car?; Aviva Women’s Tour Of Britain Preview; Brandon Semenuk pins it for 100 seconds; Danny Van Poppel makes incredible save, is fined by commissaires
Previously left in a coma after a serious crash nine days ago, the South African under 23 rider Keagan Girdelstone has taken an important step on the path to recovery. A media update on the Facebook page of his father Wayne Girdlestone said that he was no longer unconscious and that he was breathing unassisted.
“Some more positive news emerging out of Rimini, Italy. Keagan is currently still in intensive care, critical but a lot more stable,” said the statement. “He is out of a coma and responding. The ventilator has been removed and he is breathing on his own. While these are all steps in the right direction, his injuries are still complicated. We are hopeful that he continues showing signs of improvement with each passing day.”
The 19 year old hit a car on a descent on the final stage of the Italian Coppa della Pace race on Sunday June 5 but, fortunately, the accident is less serious than was first stated. Some media outlets initially claimed the 19 year old had died.
His mother later described the trauma this had caused. “To say we were gutted to read reports on social media about his passing is an understatement‚” she told TMG Digital.
“We just had to believe that it was not true and wait for official news from his team. Who started the rumour or thought it their place to post it is beyond my comprehension.
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