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Mystery affliction puts Riccardo Riccò in hospital

Rider's father talks of kidney and lung problems, hospital says condition improving...

It has been revealed that Vacansoleil rider Riccardo Riccò, currently preparing for his first full season of top-level racing following the end of his doping ban last year, was yesterday admitted to hospital in critical condition after being struck by a mystery illness while out training.

According to Italian press reports, the cyclist’s father has spoken of a “renal blockage,” however  a statement from the local health authority for Modena, where Riccò is now being treated in the S.Agostino-Estense hospital, did not mention a specific ailment, saying only: “His conditions, initially critical, are improving. The prognosis, to be prudent, remains reserved.”

Riccò’s father subsequently added that his son is now awake and talking normally, and according to the Gazzetta dello Sport described his son as suffering from a pulmonary embolism as well as kidney problems.

The same newspaper added that the hospital will provide a further update on Riccò’s condition tomorrow afternoon at 5pm Italian time.

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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