Adriano Malori's recovery from injuries suffered at the Tour de San Luis is progressing well, according to his Movistar team.
The Italian was placed in an induced coma after a crash on stage five of the race in Argentina having suffered head injuries and a fractured collarbone.
He was transferred to a specialist hospital in the capital Buenos Aires and is reportedly now 'fully conscious and aware', according to a press release, which states that his response to external stimuli are now normal.
The team statement reads: "According to the medical services at the Buenos Aires clinic where Adriano Malori is now convalescing, the rider's condition continues to progress. He is fully conscious and aware.
"The sense of touch in his limbs and his response to external stimuli are normal. He underwent surgery on Friday, with a successful outcome. In the constant presence of his family, Adriano's progress follows the normal pattern in this type of case.
"Adriano's condition will be evaluated over the coming days with a view to his possible transfer to Italy."
Malori finished second in the World Championships time trial to Sky's Vasil Kiryienka last September and was set to be part of Movistar's cobbled Classics team in 2016 ahead of the Tour de France.
Best Black Friday kids and balance bike deals: Check out these discounts perfect for young riders
Take a look at some of the discounts you can get on kids and balance bikes ahead of the Black Friday deals on 26 November
By Ryan Dabbs •
Watch Danny MacAskill's gravity-defying skills in new video with an important message
The pro trials cyclist completed a challenge that had never been done before, ahead of Cop26
By Ryan Dabbs •