Italian junior star Samuele Manfredi placed in coma after collision with car in training

The 18-year-old suffered "serious head trauma" in the incident but is in a stable condition

Samuele Manfredi at the Road World Championships 2018 (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Italy's rising star Samuele Manfredi – junior winner of Ghent-Wevelgem, second in Paris-Roubaix and European pursuit champion – is in hospital following a "serious head trauma" from a collision with a car while training.

Doctors medically-induced a coma after he collided with a car while he prepared for the upcoming season near his home in Loano on Monday. According to Tutto Bici, his condition improved from critical to stable on Tuesday morning.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.