Bob Jungels and Anna van der Breggen win at Liege: Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

April 23, 2018

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Bob Jungels solos to biggest career win at Liege-Bastogne-Liege; Anna van der Breggen continues Ardennes dominance at Liege-Bastogne-Liege; Kanstantsin Siutsou wins the Tour of Croatia; Ruben Plaza takes out the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon; Boels-Dolmans thanks Sky for help after mechanic has a heart attack; Kiwi cyclist Alex Ray roused from a coma after collision with car; Former junior world champion killed after being hit by a car; Astana’s tribute to Michele Scarponi; Following Sep Vanmarcke at the Tour of Flanders; Alaphilippe congratulates Jungels on Liege success.

Kiwi cyclist Alex Ray roused from a coma after collision with a car

by CyclingTips

New Zealand Continental-level rider Alex Ray (Team McDonalds Down Under) has been brought out of a coma after a collision with a car Wednesday morning left him in a critical condition.

Twenty-seven-year-old Ray was rushed to hospital after a collision with a car in Auckland at 6am on Wednesday morning. He suffered a long list of injuries: a collapsed lung, 28 rib fractures, a broken clavicle and scapula, a broken and dislocated jaw, and cuts to his face and neck. Ray has undergone several surgeries since then, including emergency surgery to assess swelling and bleeding in his brain. An MRI scan has confirmed no damage to Ray’s spinal cord, but doctors aren’t yet sure whether he might have suffered a brain injury in the crash.

Now out of an induced coma, Ray reportedly opened his eyes on Friday.

It’s not the first time Ray has been in hospital in recent years. In 2016 he had to fight for his life after contracting leptospirosis, a condition which caused his liver and kidneys to fail.

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