There is sad news concerning American cyclist Saul Raisin (Credit Agricole), reports Jean-Francois Quenet from the Circuit de la Sarthe. Raisin is now in a coma at Angers hospital. It happened last night, some 30 hours after being admitted because of his crash with 2 km to go in stage 1 of the race. He has cerebral edema (swelling in the brain), and is in a serious condition.
Raisin's parents are on their way from America, and will be with him on Friday morning. Crédit Agricole team doctor Dr Ménard has left the Vuelta a Pais Vasco to assist him as well.
Raisin's crash happened because of an epilepsy attack, according to DS Jean-Jacques Henry from Crédit Agricole, something he had three years ago in the Trans-Alsace. He was rescued then by Lionel Marie, who was DS for Crédit Agricole TT3. However, Crédit Agricole's team doctor, Dr. Joel Menard, has denied that Raisin has epilepsy.