So many riders having life-threatening and potentially life-altering injuries this year. I wish them the very best; it can be a difficult journey.


I think they're pushing athletes to the edge. Lots of high speed crashes and people racing through illness.


I have this pet theory that with training getting better and better they just get closer to the actual limits of what their bodies can do. A few of the heart issues wouldn't have come to the surface years ago, because the rest of their body wasn't able to stress the circulatory system as much. I'm looking forward to be shut down by somebody who actually has an idea how our body functions, on this one though. Probably just crap a clueless idiot made up.


Following Colbrelli’s successful operation on March 31st, the Italian rider has continued to undergo further medical check at the Sports Cardiology Unit of the University of Padua. The clinical examinations have shown further improvement of cardiovascular health clearing Colbrelli to start taking up leisure rides and light physical activity. The priority remains to continually monitor his condition with a close follow up in the coming months to secure his safety and resumption of regular life activities. We encourage once again everyone to respect our athlete’s privacy.


Great that he’s improving! Hopefully he can make comeback.


As much as I'd love to see that, I'm not sure he *could* make a comeback with an ICD implanted.


Even if he could get back to his old level, he won't be allowed to race in Italy.


Time to change that rule. Daley Blind, Christian Eriksen and numerous others seem to be capable of performing save and on a high level.


I don't agree at least in the context of cycling, rider safety relies to much on other riders


If Blind and Eriksen collapse, they fall on the grass. If Colbrelli collapses, he goes 70km/h on the tarmac and a full peloton over him.


If I understand the working of modern ICDs correctly, they can prevent collapses altogether in many cases and in many other cases serve as an early warning system for them, giving potentially the time to stop safely. In that perspective a ICD wearer may even be less likely to collapse then people who are not (yet) known to have heart issues.


The issue isn't what will happen if Colbrelli suffers a cardiac event, but what will happen if his ICD delivers a shock. It's not a pleasant experience: the pain and sensation of an impact could cause him to fall off his bike. Obviously that's a hazard to himself and everyone else in the peloton.


It's a understandable concern, but I don't think all that likely across all who have an ICD. I think it's still way more likely for any one person to cause a crash due to bad bike handling than due to a rider with an ICD having it intervene. I don't know Sonny's specifics, that can alter my opinion for sure. To add: the rule by the Italian sports federations doesn't seem to be informed by the safety of others, because it's across all sports, including those where a collapse is relatively save. And then most other countries do not observe such a ban; Colbrelli would be able to ride everywhere else. Ultimately this should be a risk assessment with Colbrelli and his doctors, like it is everywhere outside Italy.


If his ICD defibbed him while he was in the peloton, that could seriously injure a lot of folks. I think not being allowed to race with these devices is a sound rule.


Sounds to me like that statement is saying that he won't be racing again. >resumption of regular life activities This doesn't include racing bikes for a living.


Hoping the best for him. Just watched last year's Roubaix again last night and that win alone would be enough to justify a successful career, what a god damn race. Get well Sonny.


I don't want him to make a comeback (to the sport). I want him to feel great, but not risk his health again


Doesn't he have Long Q-T Syndrome? If so, there's essentially no chance of him getting back to WT racing unless the surgery he got was absolutely groundbreaking. Good to hear that he is relatively healthy though and can get back on a bike!


Where did you read that? If he had the Syndrome prior to the incident he would have never been cleared to race or received a license in Italy


LQTS isn't always from birth though, it can have onset at any time in someone's life. And I had read several cycling articles back when there were more articles about it that mentioned it as the diagnosis. How reliable those are is anyone's guess.


An LQTS are "easy " to diagnosed and also can be treated and in some cases require an ICD. For all the information we got they could not find anything that could explain the v-fib and the fact that he got an ICD points more to Brugada type of syndrome (iirc Dr Robert Brugada was one of the cardiologist taken care of him in Spain). imho it would be very risky if he continues racing, we do not know what triggers the v-fib on him, moderation seems to be helpful, furthermore, it takes for the ICD few seconds to shock you and sometimes one shock does not do it and it will shock you again. Can you imagine if you are in a high speed descend and go to v-fib? now the trauma can be as deadly as the v-fib. BTW there is no present treatment for any of the variations of Brugada syndorme only the ICD which is not a treatment. Well the information release about his conditions to the public is not complete, the only clear fact is that he got an ICD, which is the last resort. The most amazing of this event is not only that he got successfully resuscitated but also that he did not suffer anoxic brain damage . The best wishes for Sonny.