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by Mark Zalewski
December 13, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: British Cycling funding cut by £4 million; Stig Broeckx continues to make small improvements; Team Smartstop riders finally to get 2015 wages; Niels Albert worries two-man race not exciting enough for spectators; Viacheslav Ekimov nominated for president of Russian Cycling Federation; GreenEdge teams will be ORICA-Scott in 2017; Unitedhealthcare names rosters for 2017; Avanti IsoWhey and SwissWellness merge to create IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness team; Canadian development team Silber reloads with young talent; BMC announces kit, tire sponsorship changes; Field, Payton win cyclocross British Cycling National Trophy; Rider recruited by Wiggins via Instagram; ‘Off the Beaten’ Path adventure cycling film.
Belgian pro Stig Broeckx, who was left in a coma after being hit by a race motorcycle at the Tour of Belgium in May, is continuing to make small improvements on a long road to recovery. Lotto-Soudal manager Marc Sergeant gave updates in October that he was out of the coma and team doctor Bingé Servaas told Sporza recently that he has made more progress since.
“The frame of reference is very low — Stig is still not healthy, but progress has been positive,” said Dr. Servaas. “He sleeps a lot, but that’s because he works very hard — sitting in a wheelchair and working with a kindof stair machine.”
“How much progress he could make, the doctors cannot yet say. On the other hand this is already much more than anyone could have imagined. Everything will obviously take a lot of time.”
“Stig has learned to swallow independently and has spoken small and simple words like ‘tomorrow.’ That is encouraging and positive. He communicates especially when the family is there, all at a very low level, of course. He also recognizes other riders.”
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