• Accident in a handbike, Alex Zanardi hospitalized in very serious conditions
  • Zanardi: second night in intensive care, is stable, remains in a pharmacological coma
  • Zanardi, the doctors: "Confident in his ability to recover"


June 21, 2020 "The current conditions of general stability still do not allow to exclude the possibility of adverse events and therefore the patient always remains in a reserved prognosis".

So the medical report of this morning from the hospital of Siena on Alex Zanardi. The athlete, doctors say, "spent the night in conditions of cardio-respiratory and metabolic stability. Organ functions are adequate. He is always sedated, intubated and mechanically ventilated. Neuromonitoring has shown some stability but this data must be taken with caution because the neurological picture remains serious ". 

This is what is read in the latest medical bulletin issued by the Sienese hospital-university on the conditions of the athlete Alex Zanardi, admitted to the polyclinic Santa Maria alle Scotte in Siena from 19 June following a road accident. The Health Directorate informs that "his conditions are stable, but the patient remains in a confidential prognosis".

The next update will be given at 12 noon tomorrow, Monday 22 June.

Alex Zanardi spent his second night in intensive care in the Siena hospital. The 53 year old ex-pilot and formidable Paralympic athlete is still in a pharmacological coma after the neurosurgical intervention on Friday evening due to the skull and face fractures reported in the crash with the handbike against a truck in Pienza. 

Florentine cyclists pay homage to the champion, 'Forza Alex'
A group of cyclists from Sesto Fiorentino stopped for a long time in front of the entrance of the Sienese polyclinic to show solidarity and support to the former Paralympic pilot and champion, showing a sign on which it is written 'Come on Alex Zanardi'. "We are here - said one of the cyclists, Carlo Burroni - to support him ... he is a man who leaves his mark".

Cell phone and handbike seized
The cell phone that Alex Zanardi wore during the Obiettivo Tricolore relay was seized by the Carabinieri in the investigation by the prosecutor of Siena on the accident of 19 June. According to what has been learned, the telephone is available to investigators for any checks. The handbike on which Zanardi traveled was also seized: the vehicle could be subjected to technical tests to reconstruct the dynamics of the impact with the truck, in particular to define the points of impact between the two vehicles.

In video he has hands on the handlebars
Alex Zanardi clutched his hands on the handlebars of the handbike while he was going down the road near Pienza (Siena) where on June 19 he had an accident against a truck during the relay race Obiettivo Tricolore. This is what emerges from videos acquired in the investigation of the Siena prosecutor's office on the matter. From some videos already in the possession of the investigators, and already viewed, it would therefore appear that Zanardi was in control of his handbike.