Kessler in induced coma

Condition upgraded to serious

Matthias Kessler has been put into an induced coma following surgery Friday, and is said to no longer be in critical condition.

"Matthias Kessler suffered a severe brain trauma. The rider is in serious condition," said a spokesman of the San Dureta Hospital in Palma, Mallorca, according to the SID news agency.

The former T-Mobile and Astana rider crashed while training earlier this week, when a cat ran into his path. It is not known whether he was wearing a helmet.

The 30-year-old was suspended for two years for testosterone doping. His suspension ended last summer, and he had not yet found a new team.

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