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Sonny Colbrelli in stable condition in hospital after collapsing at Volta a Catalunya finish

Race officials confirm Paris-Roubaix champion lost consciousness and went into convulsions before suffering a cardiac arrest

European champion Sonny Colbrelli is in a stable condition in hospital after collapsing shortly after finishing second on the opening stage of Volta a Catalunya.

Bahrain Victorious confirmed their rider is conscious and talking, and was transported to hospital for further tests.

In a medical statement from Volta a Catalunya race organisers released on Monday night it was confirmed Colbrelli suffered what is being described as a cardiac arrest, having lost consciousness and going into convulsions.

Paramedics were quickly on the scene with a defibrillator, and performed CPR to help the rider regain consciousness.

"About 100 metres after crossing the finish line, Colbrelli lost consciousness with seizures and subsequently suffered cardiopulmonary arrest," the statement read. "Paramedics immediately attended to him and were able to reverse the situation with CPR and the use of a defibrillator."

On Tuesday morning, Bahrain Victorious updated the media and fans of their rider's condition, explaining Colbrelli "was conscious and feeling okay. He has since been in touch with family and friends as he recovers at the hospital."

The 31-year-old has shared multiple well-wishes from pro riders on his Instagram story.

The Italian sprinted to second on the stage finish in Sant Feliu de Guíxols, won by Michael Matthews, but collapsed a short time later.

Pictures from the scene showed an ambulance, as well as a screen built around the rider to protect his privacy while treatment took place.

However, around an hour after the incident, reports emerged Colbrelli was conscious and talking. It was then quickly confirmed by his team that their rider was stable and being transported to Hospital Universitari de Girona to "investigate his condition further".

Colbrelli was making his return to racing having missed Milan-San Remo with bronchitis.

Dan joined in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.

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