Up-and-coming rider who won junior Gent-Wevelgem last year was hit by car while training in December

Up-and-coming Italian cyclist Samuele Manfredi has woken up from the induced coma he was placed in after he was injured in a collision with a car last month.

The incident happened on December 10 while the 18-year-old was training near his home town of Pietra Ligure in Liguria.

Groupama-FDJ’s Under-23 team, which he had signed to ride for during 2019,  posted on Twitter today:  “We have good news to share with you!

“Yesterday, Samuele Manfredi woke up from the induced coma he was kept in after his accident on December 10.

“He is no longer in a life-threatening condition and will now start a long recovery process.”

The team added that the teenager’s family wished to express their thanks for all the messages of support they had received.

Last season, Manfredi won the junior edition of Gent Wevelgem and finished second at Paris-Roubaix Juniors. He is also the current European junior individual pursuit champion.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.