De Greef placed in artificial coma following heart attack

Robbert de Greef finishes second at the Ronde van Drenthe 2019

Dutch rider Robbert de Greef has been placed into an artificial coma after suffering a heart attack during the Omloop van de Braakman this weekend. He will be held in the artificial coma for 48 hours, by which point doctors hope that the 27-year-old will be strong enough to begin follow-up treatment. De Greef, who rides for the Continental level Alecto Cycling Team, was on the first cobblestone sector of the Omloop van de Braakman just 15 kilometres into the race when he suffered the heart attack. The emergency services attended to him at the roadside before he was transferred to hospital in Antwerp. The race was subsequently cancelled. “Yesterday, something we hoped that would never happen, became reality: one of our riders had a heart attack,” the Alecto team wrote on their website on Sunday. “During the first kilometres of the Omloop van de Braakman, Robbert de Greef became ...

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