Lotto-Soudal rider hoping to leave rehabilitation centre and return home in coming weeks

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Lotto-Soudal rider Stig Broeckx is back riding a stationary bike less than a year after it was feared he might never regain consciousness following a crash.

Broeckx was riding in the 2016 Tour of Belgium when he was hit by a race motorbike, suffering a severe brain injury and being placed in a coma, with doctors fearing he might never regain consciousness.

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However the Belgian rider has confounded expectations, coming out of a coma in December, beginning to respond to conversation in February, and now riding a stationary bike as part of his rehabilitation (even resetting the timer so he his able to ride for longer than the 30 minutes allowed).

According to the Stig Broeckx Fan Club, his family are now hopeful that he will be able to live independently, and are hoping to have him home at some point in the coming weeks.