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31-Year-Old Italian Professional Cyclist Collapses After Crossing Finish Line at Opening Stage of Volta in Spain; Doctors Confirm ‘Cardiac Arrhythmia’


Italian cyclist Sonny Colbrelli collapsed when he crossed the finish line in the opening stage of the Volta in Spain (Volta a Catalunya).

According to reports, medics performed CPR on Colbrelli following his sudden collapse after crossing the finish line.

The Guardian reported:

Cardiac tests on Italian rider Sonny Colbrelli have shown no signs of “concern or compromised functions” after he collapsed at the end of the opening stage of the Volta a Catalunya, his team Bahrain Victorious said on Tuesday.

Colbrelli, 31, was edged out by Australia’s Michael Matthews on Monday in a tight end to an uphill stage finish and fell to the ground after crossing the line. Reports said medics performed CPR at the scene.

In a statement, his team said: “After being admitted to Hospital Universitari de Girona Dr 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.

“He will undergo further tests today to discover the cause of yesterday’s incident. All cardiac tests carried out last night showed no signs of concern or compromised functions.”

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Doctors confirmed the 31-year-old champion cyclist suffered a ‘cardiac arrhythmia,’ according to VeloNews.

Sonny Colbrelli suffered cardiac arrhythmia when he collapsed at the finish line Monday at the Volta a Catalunya.

That’s according to team doctors at Bahrain-Victorious, who say they are still working to determine the cause of Colbrelli’s dramatic health scare while the Italian recovers in a Spanish hospital.

“Our medical team can confirm that Sonny Colbrelli suffered from an unstable cardiac arrhythmia that required defibrillation,” read a Bahrain-Victorious statement. “The cause is still to be determined, and the Italian rider will undergo further tests [Wednesday] at the Hospital Universitari de Girona.”

Bahrain-Victorious said Tuesday that the Italian star is recovering in a Spanish hospital in the wake of his life-threatening collapse and reanimation by fast-acting Spanish paramedics. The team thanked the medical crews on the ground for assisting Colbrelli.

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