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Broken neck for Bertolini

By:
Laura Weislo and Sue George
Published:
August 09, 2008, 0:00 BST,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 19:31 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, August 9, 2008
Alessandro Bertolini hits the barrier

Alessandro Bertolini hits the barrier

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Alessandro Bertolini spent the night at a Camaiore Hospital after crashing in the final sprint of...

Alessandro Bertolini spent the night at a Camaiore Hospital after crashing in the final sprint of the GP Citta di Camaiore on Thursday. The Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli rider ran into a barricade on the roadside during the sprint, and was briefly knocked unconscious. He was transported to the hospital where it was determined that he had fractured his first cervical vertebrae and suffered a compression of three more, according to his team.

"If is possible, we will try to transfer Alessandro to the Trento hospital today by helicopter," spokesman Davide Bellini said. "Only after Alessandro is seen by the Trento Hospital primary doctor will we know when Alessandro will be back to races."

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