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Riccò released from hospital

Riccardo Riccò has been released from hospital in Modena, Italy, almost two weeks after he was admitted with a critical kidney ailment on February 6. The Italian’s condition is alleged to have been caused by an attempt to transfuse himself with blood that had been incorrectly stored.

Riccò left Baggiovaro hospital on Friday, where he had been treated in the cardiology department in recent days. It is understood that Riccò had also suffered from infections in his heart and lungs as a consequence of the initial kidney blockage. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Riccò does not require further hospital care, but he has been ordered to observe a further period of rest.

It is not known if Riccò has yet returned to his home in Serramazzoni. While in hospital, the controversial “Cobra” was suspended by his Vacansoleil-DCM team and police in Modena have opened an inquiry into the episode. It is understood that Riccò will soon be questioned on the affair.




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Barry Ryan

Barry Ryan is European Editor at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation (opens in new tab), published by Gill Books.