By VeloNews Interactive
For the first time since being knocked off his bike in Florida 10 days earlier, Fred Mengoni sat up in his hospital bed to eat a real meal on Sunday evening. A friend at his bedside in St. Mary’s Hospital in West Palm Beach, Florida, said that the 77-year-old president of USPRO was “doing good.”
In the road accident, Mengoni was knocked unconscious, broke his pelvis and several ribs; and after surgery was placed on a respirator at the hospital’s intensive care unit.
During his stay, the Italian-born Mengoni has been swamped with get-well messages from friends around the world, including cyclist of the century Eddy Merckx and framebuilder Ernesto Colnago. Mengoni has close friends in both Italy (where Mengoni sponsors an amateur cycling team), and New York (where he has lived for almost half a century, still runs a property rental business, and sponsors the GS Mengoni team and Mengoni GP race.)
Mengoni is a familiar figure at races like Milan-San Remo, Paris-Roubaix and the Tour de France, and annually he presents the stars-and-stripes jersey to the American champion at Philadelphia’s First Union USPRO Championship.