Mauricio Soler’s condition slowly improving

Maurico Soler's life is no longer in danger; that's according to Movistar team doctors attending the injured Colombian, who remains in a hospital following his horrific crash last week at the Tour de Suisse.

2011 Tour de Suisse stage 2: Soler in yellow
Solerin yellow early in the 2011 Tour de Suisse. Photo: Graham Watson |

Dr. Alfredo Zuniga said Soler remains in the intensive care unit in the hospital at St. Gallen, but shows encouraging signs of improvement.

“It can be said that the life-threat has disappeared. He has begun to make light movements and tests seem to rule out spinal injury, although we should be aware of further studies,” Zuniga said in a Movistar communiqué.

“Now we have to see the evolution of a possible neurological damage, a process in which we must be patient,” he continued. “The cerebral edema is subsiding, the intracranial pressure is declining and the development of pneumothorax is also positive. Mauricio is still in the intensive care unit and he will stay there for several days”.

Soler is being accompanied by his wife ,Patricia, and his brother, who arrived from Colombia on Saturday.

Soler, 28, crashed in the sixth stage at the Swiss tour last week after apparently losing control of his bike and smashing into a wall.