Keagan Girdlestone out of medically induced coma but injuries still 'complicated'

The South African U23 rider is breathing on his own but remains in a critical yet stable condition in hospital

Keagan Girdlestone, junior time trial, 2015 World Championships (Yuzuru SUNADA)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

South African Keagan Girdlestone is out of a medically induced coma after a horror crash into the back of his team car's windscreen in the Coppa della Pace 10 days ago in Sant’Ermete di Rimini, Italy.

The 19-year-old team Dimension Data for Qhubeka cyclist suffered cuts to his neck after smashing into the left side of the windscreen at 119km into the 172km race on Sunday, June 5.  Due to the incident, director Raffaele Babini cancelled the race.

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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.