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Cyclist Suffering From Blood Clot

November 6, 1999

NOOSA, Australia (AP) _ Australian Olympic cyclist Stuart O’Grady has been diagnosed with a blood clot on the brain, the apparent result of being brutally assaulted in France two months ago.

O’Grady was taken to a hospital Saturday, just before the start of a race at Noosa on the Sunshine Coast north of Brisbane.

It would have been O’Grady’s first race since he and fellow Olympian Henk Vogels were attacked in September, with O’Grady sustaining serious head injuries.

Other cyclists preparing for the Noosa race said O’Grady ``took a turn″ as he was preparing for the event. He was taken to a local hospital where doctors said a CAT scan revealed a blood clot on the brain.

Friends said the cyclist intended to continuing riding under medical supervision.

On Sept. 5, according to police, O’Grady, Vogels and three others were brutally attacked by three individuals about 3 a.m. in downtown Toulouse, the cyclists’ European base in southern France. They stole a gold chain from O’Grady.

The group managed to grab one of the attackers, immobilizing him until police arrived. The other two attackers fled.

O’Grady and Vogels are Australia’s top road cyclists. They both rode in last summer’s Tour de France as part of the French Credit Agricole team.

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