Kim Kirchen recovering from heart attack

Kirchen recovering from heart attack

Katusha’s Kim Kirchen, who has been in hospital in Z├╝rich since Friday, has emerged from a coma, his team announced on Tuesday.

In a statement on its Web site, the Russian team said that the signs were encouraging and that the 31-year-old Kirchen had immediately recognized his wife and father.

“He asked what had happened because he doesn’t remember anything,” the statement noted. “For the moment, he hasn’t shown any cardiac or lung problems. He will have more tests to try and find out what caused the problem.”

Kirchen had been competing in the Tour de Suisse when he complained of chest pains, and was hospitalized on Friday evening.

The Luxembourger, who finished seventh overall in the Tour de France in 2007 and 2008, was then placed in an artificial coma so doctors could better evaluate his condition.

Kirchen suffered respiratory problems at the end of March and had been out of action for a month.

He is primarily known as a one-day race specialist and has notably won Fleche Wallonne in 2008. He is also a two-time national champion in both the road race and time trial.