Reassuring news for Sonny Colbrelli, victim of a heart attack on the Tour of Catalonia

“All cardiac tests carried out last night showed no worrying signs or compromised functions,” said the European champion’s team. Colbrelli (31) was rushed to Girona University Hospital after being initially treated at the race finish line in Sant Feliu de Guixols.

“Sonny Colbrelli has since been in contact with family and friends as he recovers in hospital. He will undergo further tests today to find out the cause of yesterday’s incident,” the Bahrain team added. Colbrelli, who was returning to competition after a two-week hiatus due to bronchitis, took second place on stage one of the Tour of Catalonia in an uphill sprint won by Australian Michael Matthews.

According to the official statement of the Tour of Catalonia published on Monday evening, the Italian experienced “an episode of loss of consciousness with convulsions and subsequent cardio-respiratory arrest”. The rescuers, who revived the runner, performed cardiac massage and used a defibrillator, according to this press release.

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