Alex Zanardi

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Original Poster:

30,721 posts

142 months

Friday 19th June
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Possibly not motorsport strictly speaking but Alex Zanardi has had another big one, this time during a cycle race where it seems he has been in collision with an HGV and is currently in a serious condition in hospital.

fttm

2,023 posts

90 months

Friday 19th June
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Oh jeez not again , hope he recovers . Inspiring man

Petrus1983

3,753 posts

117 months

Friday 19th June
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Was just seeing if anyone else has posted this. Very sad news and sounds very serious with severe head trauma. The bikes that he uses have always seemed awfully low (I understand why). Prayers for him big time.

https://apnews.com/a548282b12809d585bb1e6c67803776...

The Hypno-Toad

9,996 posts

160 months

Friday 19th June
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Oh fks sake 2020 this is just stupid. Please don't take one of the very few people left on this planet who I have both great respect and honest admiration for.

I would normally never dream of posting anything like this normally but this world needs people like Alex, lets hope he pulls through. frownfrownfrown

Andy665

2,614 posts

183 months

Friday 19th June
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One of my hero's and his autobiography is one of my favourite books - truly inspirational man and I am praying that he pulls through - life can be very cruel

Chocmonster

797 posts

166 months

Friday 19th June
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He's undergone neurosurgery and is now in intensive care.

An Italian friend of mine told me about the crash soon after it happened:

'It looks like the accident was rotten luck. The competitors were approaching the end of the stage at Montalcino where the road slopes down gently and bends, and Alex went wide at the bend and into the opposite carriageway just as a lorry was approaching. The lorry driver tried to brake but didn't have enough time.'

Madness that the road wasn't closed for the event.


jules_s

2,564 posts

188 months

Friday 19th June
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Chocmonster said:
He's undergone neurosurgery and is now in intensive care.

An Italian friend of mine told me about the crash soon after it happened:

'It looks like the accident was rotten luck. The competitors were approaching the end of the stage at Montalcino where the road slopes down gently and bends, and Alex went wide at the bend and into the opposite carriageway just as a lorry was approaching. The lorry driver tried to brake but didn't have enough time.'

Madness that the road wasn't closed for the event.
Not criticising your post - or your mates input - But that isn't bad luck

Get well soon AZ

Petrus1983

3,753 posts

117 months

Friday 19th June
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Chocmonster said:
He's undergone neurosurgery and is now in intensive care.

An Italian friend of mine told me about the crash soon after it happened:

'It looks like the accident was rotten luck. The competitors were approaching the end of the stage at Montalcino where the road slopes down gently and bends, and Alex went wide at the bend and into the opposite carriageway just as a lorry was approaching. The lorry driver tried to brake but didn't have enough time.'

Madness that the road wasn't closed for the event.
bks - doesn’t sound dissimilar to Bianchi but without a full face helmet, yet a lot slower.

chrisch77

251 posts

30 months

Friday 19th June
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Thats definitely bad timing, Alex is featured in the most recent Beyond The Grid (f1) podcast and came across as an inspirational figure. Best wishes to him!

Petrus1983

3,753 posts

117 months

Friday 19th June
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Apparently he’s out of surgery and now in ICU.

Great Dane

2,385 posts

121 months

Saturday 20th June
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Alessandro Zanardi was involved in a serious road accident during a handbike race in the town of Pienza, in Tuscany.

Already amputated in both legs following a terrible accident during a race in 2001, the Italian was transported by helicopter to the hospital in Siena where he arrived at around 6 p.m.

The exact circumstances of the accident are still unknown. However, the Italian daily La Repubblica indicates that the accident involved a "heavy vehicle". According to the first elements reported by the local media, it seems that Alex Zanardi, in a half-curve descent to the right, lost control, sliding on the opposite lane where a truck arrived.

UPDATE 9 p.m .: Francesco Giovanni Bova, director of emergencies at Le Scotte hospital in Siena says: "His condition is very serious due to the serious head trauma and he is currently undergoing delicate neurosurgery. "

UPDATE 10:25 p.m .: The hospital of Siena indicates by a press release: "the neurochirgucal and maxillofacial intervention began shortly after 7 p.m. and ended shortly before 10 p.m. The patient was transferred to intensive care, with a poor prognosis. His state of health is very serious ”.

skwdenyer

8,702 posts

195 months

Saturday 20th June
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Great Dane said:
Alessandro Zanardi was involved in a serious road accident during a handbike race in the town of Pienza, in Tuscany.

Already amputated in both legs following a terrible accident during a race in 2001, the Italian was transported by helicopter to the hospital in Siena where he arrived at around 6 p.m.

The exact circumstances of the accident are still unknown. However, the Italian daily La Repubblica indicates that the accident involved a "heavy vehicle". According to the first elements reported by the local media, it seems that Alex Zanardi, in a half-curve descent to the right, lost control, sliding on the opposite lane where a truck arrived.

UPDATE 9 p.m .: Francesco Giovanni Bova, director of emergencies at Le Scotte hospital in Siena says: "His condition is very serious due to the serious head trauma and he is currently undergoing delicate neurosurgery. "

UPDATE 10:25 p.m .: The hospital of Siena indicates by a press release: "the neurochirgucal and maxillofacial intervention began shortly after 7 p.m. and ended shortly before 10 p.m. The patient was transferred to intensive care, with a poor prognosis. His state of health is very serious ”.
That last paragraph does not sound at all good.

RonaldMcDonaldAteMyCat

6,874 posts

50 months

Saturday 20th June
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No, it doesn't. The poor sod has no luck at all.

However it sounds, fingers crossed for him.

defblade

5,677 posts

168 months

Saturday 20th June
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Everything crossed for one of the most inspirational people on the planet.

kambites

59,011 posts

176 months

Saturday 20th June
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Doesn't have much luck does he? Although reclined bikes (be they hand or foot pedalled) always look rather dangerous for use on the road to me.

rival38

326 posts

100 months

Saturday 20th June
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Terrible news, Alex is an absolute sporting icon to me.

Killer2005

17,680 posts

183 months

Saturday 20th June
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He's clearly tough cookie so hopefully he will pull through but from the news reports it doesn't sound great.

Fingers crossed.

Teddy Lop

3,132 posts

22 months

Saturday 20th June
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chrisch77 said:
Thats definitely bad timing, Alex is featured in the most recent Beyond The Grid (f1) podcast and came across as an inspirational figure. Best wishes to him!
I was home early yesterday and was listening to this while doing a spot of weeding, most probably while it took place which is slightly surreal. Was intending to tell the mrs it's a must-listen (for anyone actually regardless if F1 fans) when she informed me of the news from Twitter.

Hope he pulls through.

LaurasOtherHalf

17,328 posts

151 months

Saturday 20th June
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Yes, listened to the podcast this week too. What a guy.

Petrus1983

3,753 posts

117 months

Saturday 20th June
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The latest update from the Santa Maria alle Scotte hospital in Siena, issued at 10am Italian time, says that his vital signs are stable. He is intubated and supported by artificial ventilation while the neurological picture remains serious.