Alex Zanardi: Ex-Formula 1 driver in serious condition after handbike crash

Zanardi is a 12-time handbike world champion

Former Formula 1 driver Alex Zanardi has been taken to hospital after an accident during a handbike relay in his native Italy.

The 53-year-old was involved in a crash with a lorry in Pienza in Tuscany on Friday.

He was taken by helicopter to Siena’s Le Scotte, where he is in a serious condition.

Zanardi had both legs amputated after crashing in the American Memorial 500 Cart race at Lausitz, Germany, in 2001.

He has since become a four-time Paralympic handcycling gold medallist.

“I am so anxious and frightened about Alex Zanardi that I’m holding my breath. I am his fan. I am his friend,” tweeted former world Formula One champion Mario Andrettiexternal-link.

“Please do what I’m doing and pray, pray for for this wonderful man.”

Zanardi was taking part in an event called the Obiettivo Tricoloreexternal-link, a journey that sees the participants riding across Italy on handbikes, cycles or wheelchairs.

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