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by Neal Rogers
July 20, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Roglic solos to Tour de France stage victory in Alps, Aru loses GC time; Kittel forced to abandon Tour de France after crash, cedes green jersey to Matthews; David Lappartient makes radical pitch for Brian Cookson’s UCI presidency; After postponed awakening from coma, Claudia Cretti shows first signs of awareness; UCI, transgender athlete settle human rights application to promote inclusive sporting environments; Cascade Cycling Classic issues statement after criticism of UCI women’s prize purse; Photo of Pawel Poljanski’s bulging veins reaches mainstream media; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 17 highlights; Video: ‘How cool is that?’ Michael Matthews gets police escort to team hotel after Stage 16 victory.
After a horrific crash in Stage 7 of the Giro Rosa, in which she struck a guardrail with her head while traveling at 90 kph (55 mph), 21-year-old Claudia Cretti (Valcar-PBM) underwent emergency surgery to decompress cranial pressure and relieve a cerebral hematoma.
She was placed in a medically induced coma to reduce any chances of secondary neurological damage.
And while reports from the Rumno hospital in Benevento stated that the decision to wake her from the coma was postponed, the Bergamo News today reports that Cretti has finally shown some first signs of awareness. She yawns, has opened her eyes, and responds when being asked to move her hands.
Cretti’s mother Laura and sister Sofia have been with her in the hospital ever since her crash, while her father Joseph (‘Beppe’) and brother James travel back and forth between the hospital and their hometown regularly.