Rider in induced coma after suffering heart attack during one-day race

The 27-year-old fell ill and medics performed CPR ‘for hours,’ according to his team

Robbert de Greef finished second in the 2019 Ronde van Drenthe (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

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A 27-year-old rider has been placed into a medically induced coma after suffering a heart attack during a one-day race.

Robbert de Greef fell ill during the Omloop van de Braakman and was given CPR "for hours” according to his team.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.