Alex Zanardi returns home from hospital 18 months after handcycle crash

BARCELONA SPAIN SEPTEMBER 30 Former Formula One driver and paracyclist Alex Zanardi poses after finishing IRONMAN Barcelona on September 30 2017 in Calella Barcelona province Spain Photo by Alex CaparrosGetty Images for IRONMAN
Alex Zanardi at the 2017 Ironman Barcelona (Image credit: Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Para-cyclist and ex-racing driver Alex Zanardi has been discharged from hospital a year and a half after suffering severe head injuries in an accident with a truck while competing in the Obiettivo Tricolore relay race.

The 55-year-old, who raced in Formula 1, Touring Cars and CART before losing his legs in a 2001 racing accident, has been competing in para-cycling since 2007 and has since won 12 world titles and four Paralympic gold medals on the bike, also winning the Venice, Rome and New York marathons.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix