Doctors to bring Jonny Bellis out of coma

CYCLIST Jonny Bellis remains in an induced coma at the CTO Hospital in Florence but doctors are hoping to lift him out of the coma in the next few days. The Saxo Bank professional rider, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, was with friends who alerted the emergency services immediately after the accident.

He had an operation to relieve pressure on his brain a few hours after the accident and has been in an induced coma ever since. Doctors have since carried out operations to remove a blood clot and his parents John and Lynda have been visiting their son in hospital every day.

Bellis won a bronze medal at the under-23 World Championship road race in 2007 and represented Great Britain in the Olympic road race in Beijing last year.