Massimiliano Gentili of the Italian Italian team Flaminia Bossini, crashed during a training ride along the roads near his home on Thursday. The 37-year-old went down and hit the asphalt with his face.
Gentili's girlfriend, Cristina, reported the news from the hospital. "Massimiliano is still in a confused state and has not been able to explain the cause of the accident."
Gentili was diagnosed with a cranial nerve trauma and several injuries to his face. He had surgery on one of his fingers on his right hand immediately after he was transferred to hospital. He also had surgery on his left eye. Surgery on his nose will follow on Monday morning.