The former professional Isidro Nozal continues to recover from the serious injuries he suffered in September in a traffic accident.
Two months later, Nozal remains in a wheelchair having suffered broken arms, legs and hips. The accident took place on September 30th and involved two cars which collided head-on and a truck near the Cantabrian town of Penagos.
Nozal had to be rescued by emergency services and was admitted to the Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital, where he underwent emergency and was subsequently admitted to the intensive care unit.
Nozal rode for Once, Liberty Seguros and Astana during his nine year career. His best result was finishing 2nd in the 2003 Vuelta a Espana where he took two stage victories.
However, in 2005, he was suspended for two weeks after being tested with a hematocrit level above 50 before the start of Dauphine Libere. The following year, he was initially implicated in the Operación Puerto doping case, but was later cleared of any wrongdoing by Spanish officials. In September 2009 Nozal was announced to have tested positive for EPO-CERA in samples taken for the previous month’s Tour of Portugal.