The Courier-Mail

Rider in a coma

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BEL­GIAN cy­clist Kris Boeck­mans will be kept in an in­duced coma be­cause of se­vere in­juries he suf­fered when crash­ing in Spain’s Vuelta, his Lotto Soudal team said yesterday.

The 28-year-old suf­fered head in­juries and bleed­ing in his lung as well as se­vere fa­cial wounds when he came off his bike in a crash-rid­den eighth stage on Satur­day.

He was placed in an in­duced coma af­ter surgery, but doc­tors had hoped to bring him out of the coma more quickly.

How­ever, the sever­ity of his in­juries have com­pli­cated that process.

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