American cyclist Saul Raisin has come out of a coma and been taken off a ventilator as he recovers from brain surgery following an horrific crash.
Raisin was seriously injured in 2003 when he was hit by a motorbike
The 23-year-old fell into a coma following the accident in the Circuit de la Sarthe race last week.
Raisin has now been able to move his head, arms and legs and is likely to be removed from intensive care next week.
"It's a huge relief even though we're at a very early stage," said his Credit Agricole team manager Roger Legeay.
Legeay added: "We still don't know what the consequences of such a serious crash will be."
After the accident, Raisin had been conscious and animated but then fell into a coma and had to have an operation to reduce pressure caused by fluid on his brain.
A rising star in cycling known for his climbing skills, Raisin turned professional in 2003 and broke into Credit Agricole's first team last year.