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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