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Grillo's condition improving

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Cycling News
Published:
January 06, 2008, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 21:09 BST
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First Edition Cycling News, January 6, 2008

Italian sprinter Paride Grillo is expected to leave hospital next week after suffering severe...

Italian sprinter Paride Grillo is expected to leave hospital next week after suffering severe bruising and a broken nose in a car crash on New Year's Day. The 25 year-old, who rides for Professional Continental team CSF Group-Navigare, underwent CAT and MRI scans to determine whether any brain damage had been sustained - fortunately both tests were negative.

"The rider's father told us that Paride has been transferred from the intensive care unit to a more relaxed one," said team director Roberto Reverberi. "Now we must wait for a complete diagnosis to decide a schedule for Paride's recovery. Since there is no serious damage, I hope he can restart training in 20-25 days."

Grillo's BMW Z4 Coupe collided with an electrical box near his home in Como, northern Italy, completely destroying the vehicle. "I saw the pictures of the car and I was really shocked," Grillo said. "The hours between dinner on December 31 and 3pm New Year's Day are like a black hole in my memory. I woke up with a face full of scratches. My parents told me that was due to the firemen who had to cut me out of the car, so I really want to thank them."

He was scheduled to travel to Malaysia for the Tour de Langkawi on February 9, but will likely remain in Italy and commence racing at a later date.

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