Paracyclist Alex Zanardi suffers severe head injuries in truck accident

CERVIA ITALY SEPTEMBER 21 Alex Zanardi of Italy crosses the finish line in IRONMAN Italy on September 21 2019 in Cervia Italy Photo by Bryn LennonGetty Images for IRONMAN
Alex Zanardi finishing Ironman Italy last year, where he finished eighth overall and first in the paracycling class (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Paracyclist Alex Zanardi is in intensive care following a collision with a truck while taking part in the 'Obiettivo tricolore' relay race in Siena. The Italian suffered serious head and neurological injuries in the accident and has been placed in an induced coma following surgery on Friday night.

The 53-year-old handcyclist, a four-time Paralymic gold winner, was riding with ex-road pro Daniele Bennati on Friday afternoon when he lost control on a downhill section and collided with a truck on the other side of the road.

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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