German rider Matthias Kessler is in a serious condition in hospital with severe brain trauma following a crash said to be caused by a cat.
Kessler, an Astana rider before his suspension for blood doping in 2007, was training in Mallorca when a cat ran into his path. He was taken to the San Dureta Hospital in Palma.
The 30-year-old's ban ended last summer but at the time of the accident he had not found a new team. Kessler underwent surgery on Friday but as yet, no results about the extent of his injuries have been released.