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2019-02-27 13:02
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Image: AFP / Cris Bouroncle

French motorcyclist Julien Toniutti, who spent four days in an induced coma after crashing in the Dakar rally in Peru, was released from hospital on Tuesday.

"Forty days after his accident on the penultimate stage of Dakar, Julien Toniutti can return to normal life," said a statement issued on his behalf.

"The crash was severe but now everything is slowly getting back on track, everything is going well," said Toniutti, who crashed on January 16 and suffered a "head trauma with cerebral haematoma", a "fracture of the orbital plateau" and "internal trauma in the abdomen."

"I still have memory problems and there is also my right arm which is broken," said the rider who completed his period in hospital in his home town of Lyon.

"Today, I'm on the right track, the hardest part is behind me," said the 37-year-old adding he is not yet ready to return to competitive racing.

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