Alex Zanardi

Alex Zanardi

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33,031 posts

153 months

Friday 19th June 2020
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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

2,362 posts

101 months

Friday 19th June 2020
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Oh jeez not again , hope he recovers . Inspiring man

Petrus1983

4,891 posts

128 months

Friday 19th June 2020
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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

10,683 posts

171 months

Friday 19th June 2020
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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

2,788 posts

194 months

Friday 19th June 2020
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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

820 posts

177 months

Friday 19th June 2020
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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

2,964 posts

199 months

Friday 19th June 2020
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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

4,891 posts

128 months

Friday 19th June 2020
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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

373 posts

41 months

Friday 19th June 2020
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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

4,891 posts

128 months

Friday 19th June 2020
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Apparently he’s out of surgery and now in ICU.

Great Dane

2,490 posts

132 months

Saturday 20th June 2020
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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

8,863 posts

206 months

Saturday 20th June 2020
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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.

anonymous-user

20 months

Saturday 20th June 2020
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No, it doesn't. The poor sod has no luck at all.

However it sounds, fingers crossed for him.

defblade

6,154 posts

179 months

Saturday 20th June 2020
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Everything crossed for one of the most inspirational people on the planet.

kambites

61,527 posts

187 months

Saturday 20th June 2020
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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

402 posts

111 months

Saturday 20th June 2020
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Terrible news, Alex is an absolute sporting icon to me.

Killer2005

18,066 posts

194 months

Saturday 20th June 2020
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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

5,199 posts

33 months

Saturday 20th June 2020
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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

20,080 posts

162 months

Saturday 20th June 2020
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Yes, listened to the podcast this week too. What a guy.

Petrus1983

4,891 posts

128 months

Saturday 20th June 2020
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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.