Malori still in coma after San Luis crash

Movistar says the mass pileup happened after Adriano Malori hit a pothole and lost his balance.

Adriano Malori remains in a medically induced coma following a massive crash at the Tour de San Luis that happened when the Movistar rider was thrown off balance by a pothole.

According to a Movistar press release, Malori is now in a specialized clinic in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The accident occurred during last Friday’s fifth stage.

Malori hit his head and suffered a broken collarbone.

“The riders who closely witnessed the accident confirmed the sequence of events that led to Adriano’s injuries: Malori hit a pothole, which threw him off balance and made him crash. That was, without any sort of doubt, the reason for his accident,” the Movistar release reads.

“Moments after the accident and following his admission to the hospital, joined by the team’s medical staff, the rider was induced to a status of ‘coma,’ which stands for a sort of induced sedation, allowing the patient’s injuries to heal in a controlled way. The ‘coma’ was never a direct consequence of the trauma.”

Video of the crash shows Malori hitting the pavement at high speed at the front of the peloton, resulting in a pileup of dozens of riders.

The 27-year-old Italian has ridden for Movistar since 2014. He’s a time trial specialist, and in 2014 he won the stage 21 TT at the Vuelta a Espana. Malori is also a three-time Italian national time trial champion.

Malori earned the silver medal in the time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Richmond last year, and he helped Movistar win bronze in the TTT event. He won the under-23 TT at the 2008 worlds.