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Old 03-11-03, 06:19 PM   #1
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Injured Cofidis Rider

Best wishes for a quick recovery to the rider who went down today...
Kivilev remains in a coma

Kivilev remains in a coma


By VeloNews Interactive

This report filed March 11, 2003



Cofidis's Andrei Kivilev remained in a drug-induced coma late Tuesday following his fall in the second stage of Paris-Nice, according to his team doctor in Saint-Etienne.

Kivilev, who finished fourth in the 2001 Tour de France, lost consciousness after his fall and was rushed to a hospital where he has been undergoing tests.

"He has cerebral edema (general swelling of the brain)," said the Cofidis team's doctor Jean-Jacques Menuet. "We still have to wait a few hours before we can make a full diagnosis."

The 29-year-old from Kazakstan is still on a life support system. Physicians often use a drug-induced coma to reduce any unnecessary activity on the patient's part that might increase blood pressure. Doctors also administer high doses of steroids and mannitol and often adjust ventilator settings to decrease the CO2 content in the blood to aid in reducing the swelling.

Kivilev was not wearing a helmet when he fell around 40 kilometers from the finish line of the 182.5km stage in the company of two other riders, his Polish teammate Marek Rutkiewicz and German Volker Ordowski.

Kivilev's face took the full impact of the crash and he is also thought to have broken ribs.

Normal treatment protocols suggest that doctors will leave Kivilev in the drug-induced coma for the next two or three days and then conduct an extensive CAT scan to assess the condition of his brain.

(The French wire service AFP contributed to this report)
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Old 03-11-03, 07:11 PM   #2
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I hate seeing that, was he wearing a helmet?
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Old 03-11-03, 07:24 PM   #4
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I probably should have read the whole post from chip! When are all riders gonna wear helmets?
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When are all riders gonna wear helmets?
Sadly, not until the UCI tells them that they have to. Which won't happen because the riders would strike before they will give in to that "imposition."
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Sadly, not until the UCI tells them that they have to. Which won't happen because the riders would strike before they will give in to that "imposition."
Would they rather the "imposition" of a drug induced coma?

Let's hope they can help him back to health. It's a bit of a shock when such a well known rider is hurt that badly.
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Kivilev dies of injuries
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Very disturbing news. Best wishes to his family and team. Let's hope that everyone learns a lesson from this and helmets become manditory.
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A truly sad development...

Not much to say other than condolences to his family and friends.
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Would they rather the "imposition" of a drug induced coma?
Sadly, yes. I believe that they would. While many of us may favor mandated helmets stemming from believing in a utilitarian perspective (greatest good for the greatest number) the riders have shown several times that they favor a personal rights perspective. They want, and have demanded, the right to choose.

I think that the sport would be better off if helmets were required at all levels of racing but I think we should tread cautiously as we seek to blame. These riders are adults who know the risks.

And, frankly, given the number of riders and the number of miles they cover in a season, the fact is that these guys almost never die on the bike. According to cyclingnews there are 20 who have died in top level cycling. And one is Tom Simpson. I don't think a helmet would have saved him.

I digress though. This is a sad event.
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A sad day in cycling.
Wishing the best for his family and team.
RIP Andrei
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I was horrified to see that as I watched the tape last night. I just can't imagine how anyone can not wear a helmet.
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Man. I just read about it now on cyclingnews. Really sad.

As for mandatory helmets, I don't think it'll happen with the pros. This might get a few more to wear helmets in otherwise benign stages, but these guys are better bike handlers than most, by far. Unfortunately, they think that means that they'll never have use for a helmet. This crash, from what I've heard, looks to be one that a helmet would have helped, unlike Casartelli's in the Tour. It's just so sad. At least he was doing what he loved (I assume).
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RIP Andrei. I will remember you for your 4th place finish in the 2001 Tour. You will be missed by the peleton, and those of us who follow racing. :angel:
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wow, very sad indeed...I wish his family and friends the best...
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Cycling lost one of the best! He will be missed. He was really the only one to put Lance in trouble when he finised 4th in 01. Pros please wear a helmet.
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AK was a superb pro racer and will be sorely missed. May God comfort his survivng family and care for them.
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Wow I was shocked when I read that. It is always sad when a rider, or anyone for that matters dies a death that may have been prevented. I feel sorry for his poor child.
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I thought many times that maybe I should sometimes take a ride on the bike, without a helmet. Not after reading this article... I would not like to put my child through the torment of imagining what could have been if his dad had worn a helmet......
By the way, our training group of 15 cyclist does not accept any helmet-less riders.
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good choice !
I didnīt wear a helmet for two years.
Since I had a little accident, I prefer wearing a helmet instead of smashing my brain on the road...
and the weight is no real argument. Modern helmets just weigh a few hundred grams.
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