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Rubio recovery takes step ahead

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Cycling News
Published:
October 29, 2008, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 21:56 BST
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First Edition Cycling News, October 29, 2008

Former French professional cyclist Stéphane Rubio has shown encouraging signs after awaking from a...

Former French professional cyclist Stéphane Rubio has shown encouraging signs after awaking from a coma yesterday. Rubio had been in a coma following a serious crash on October 4 during a race in Provence, France.

After coming out of the coma yesterday, Rubio's family reported he was able to move both legs and his right arm. The activity was an encouraging sign after 24 days in a coma, during which doctors recorded promising brain activity.

"Stéphane is awake but weak," the rider's family announced yesterday. "We are very happy, but we must be really patient and give him more time to gather strength as yet he doesn't eat. We are not rushing. It will need time, but we can trust him. Everyone knows Stéphane is a fighter, that is evident."

Rubio has been riding alone at the head of the race when he was hit by a car coming in the opposite direction. The rider holds the record of an incredible 11 ascents of Mont Ventoux in 24 hours from Malaucene.

Those wanting to send well wishes to Rubio and his family, or keep up to date with his recovery, can do so here. http://stephanerubio.unblog.fr/

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