August 10, 2006
Raisin returns to roads
Credit Agricole's Saul Raisin, badly injured in an April crash at the Circuit de la Sarthe, did a 90-minute ride with his father in his hometown of Dalton, GA on Tuesday.
Raisin fell into a coma for six days after the accident, and doctors thought that brain damage might end his career. Instead, Raisin has hammered through his rehabilitation, improving his balance to the point that it's about average for an uninjured person, and continuing to work on the left-side weakness that results from his injuries. He told CyclingNews he thinks he's got a year or more of recovery ahead, but that he'll be back with Credit Agricole.
He's also promoting a wristband whose proceeds benefit the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, the rehabilitation center that has guided his recovery. Teammate Thor Hushovd wore the band as he won the prologue and final stage, and wore the yellow jersey, at this year's Tour.
Raisin will attend Sunday's Sandy Springs Classic, a criterium just north of Atlanta, and sign autographs.
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Thanks for "Raisin our spirits" with that update - nice to hear that Saul is making such great progress in his recovery. Hopefully we'll see him back in action next year - but even failing that, hopefully back to being able to live a quasi-normal life.
But - did we really need Y.A.W.? (Yet Another Wristband.) I suppose as long as it's for a good cause it doesn't matter that it's just another fashion accessory to most people, but still...
Posted by: ewmayer at Aug 11, 2006 1:47:22 PM