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Kim Kirchen emerges from coma

Team Katusha says tests will continue on rider to find out why he collapsed

Team Katusha has confirmed that Luxembourg rider Kim Kirchen, twice a top-ten finisher in the Tour de France and former wearer of the maillot jaune, has emerged from the induced coma he was placed into after collapsing following Friday’s stage of the Tour of Switzerland.

In a communication on its website, the Russian team said that Kirchen had shown “good signals” straight away by recognising his wife and his father. It added that he asked what had happened, because he couldn’t remember.

Initial fears were that Kirchen had suffered a heart attack, but Katusha’s statement said that no problem had so far been found with the rider’s heart and lungs, adding that tests would continue to find out what caused the problem.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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