Juan Mauricio Soler out of coma

Updated: July 5, 2011, 10:48 AM ET
Associated Press

ST. GALLEN, Switzerland -- Colombian cyclist Juan Mauricio Soler is no longer in an induced coma but faces a long recovery from a serious crash during the Tour of Switzerland.

The 28-year-old rider crashed on June 16 and was left with a fractured skull, plus lung and ankle injuries.

The doctor for the Movistar team says Soler is being kept in a state of "high drowsiness." Dr. Alfredo Zuniga adds that Zuniga has "moments of lucidity" and can respond to "easy orders."

He said doctors at the St. Gallen hospital are preparing to take Soler out of intensive care, and the team is arranging to take him back to Pamplona, Spain.


Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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