PAU, France (AFP) — A policeman left on the brink of death after being knocked down by a runaway motorbike at the Tour de France is well on his way to recovery, police sources said on Friday.
The accident happened on the 10th stage of this year’s Tour on July 14, the French national holiday, when a police motorcyclist accompanying the race had an accident.
The motorcyclist fell from his bike, which unfortunately spun away into the crowd at speed before hitting 23-year-old volunteer Tour de France policeman Jérôme Cotto with great impact.
“We thought he would die, he was put into an artificial coma and has gone through several bouts of complicated surgery,” police colonel William Vaquette of the Pyrénées region told AFP.
“But here he is out of trouble. It’s a miracle.”
Cotto was visited at a convalescence center Thursday by Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme, who presented him with a yellow jersey signed by 2015 winner Chris Froome.