Italian cyclist Sonny Colbrelli has suffered a cardiac arrest during a sprint finish in the opening stage of the Volta a Catalunya. Colbrelli required resuscitation and was taken to a hospital in Girona.
Scans in the hospital have shown no major issues as doctors try to determine what caused the heart attack.
“After being admitted to Hospital Universitari de Girona Doctor Josep Trueta, Sonny Colbrelli was conscious and feeling OK. He has since been in touch with family and friends as he recovers at the hospital,” a statement issued by the team read on Tuesday
Colbrelli spoke to Italian reporters from his hospital bed, “I’m here in the hospital, resting, I don’t remember anything.”
“Only that I crossed the line, I stopped, I took the water and I collapsed. Then the emptiness, and I woke up in the hospital.”
A statement from event organisers was released, “About 100 metres after crossing the finish line, Colbrelli lost consciousness with seizures and subsequently suffered cardiopulmonary arrest,” the statement read. “Paramedics immediately attended to him and were able to reverse the situation with CPR and the use of a defibrillator.”