Cycling-Colbrelli diagnosed with ‘cardiac arrhythmia’ after Volta a Catalunya collapse

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FILE PHOTO: Cycling - Tour de France - Stage 5 - Change to Laval Espace Mayenne - France - June 30, 2021 Bahrain Victorious rider Sonny Colbrelli of Italy in action during stage 5 REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

March 22, 2022

(Reuters) – Italian rider Sonny Colbrelli required defibrillation after collapsing at the end of the opening stage of the Volta a Catalunya and will undergo further tests, his team Bahrain Victorious said on Tuesday.

Colbrelli, 31, was edged out by Australian Michael Matthews in a tight finish and fell to the ground after crossing the line on Monday.

His team said he suffered from an “unstable cardiac arrhythmia”.

“The cause is still to be determined, and the Italian rider will undergo further tests tomorrow at the Hospital Universitari de Girona,” the team said in a statement.

“Sonny Colbrelli’s clinical situation is good, and we wish him a prompt recovery.”

Earlier on Tuesday, Bahrain Victorious said that cardiac tests conducted on Colbrelli showed no signs of “concern or compromised functions” and the rider was conscious and feeling okay.

“He has since been in touch with family and friends as he recovers at the hospital,” the team added.

In October, Colbrelli became the first Italian to win the Paris-Roubaix Monument classic in 22 years, which came a month after he captured the European road race title.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar and Dhruv Munjal in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford and Toby Davis)