Young rider Keagan Girdlestone in improved 'stable' condition after horror crash

The 19-year-old Dimension Data for Qhubeka rider spent time off of a ventilator breathing on his own, but his family says there are "many more hurdles ahead"

Keagan Girdlestone

South African Keagan Girdlestone is no longer fighting for his life, but trying to recover after crashing into a team car's rear windscreen in the Coppa della Pace race Sunday in Italy.

The 19-year-old with continental team Dimension Data for Qhubeka is recovering in a Rimini hospital along Italy's east coast. His team and family feared for his life following the crash in the one-day race, but signs appear positive now.

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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.