Colbrelli cleared to get back on bike as heart condition improves

Italian Sonny Colbrelli Bahrain Victorious
Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious) (Image credit: Getty Images)

Sonny Colbrelli continues to recovery after his near-fatal cardiac arrest at the finish of stage 1 of the 2022 Volta a Catalunya and will soon be able to begin leisure riding and light physical activities, his team says.

After a spell in hospitals in Girona and Italy, it was confirmed that Colbrelli, 31, had suffered an unstable cardiac arrhythmia that required defibrillation. The Italian needed emergency attention at the opening stage  of Volta a Catalunya, where he finished second in the uphill sprint at San Feliu des Guixols, but then collapsed before being taken away by ambulance.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.