Juan Mauricio Soler out of intensive care after crash

Colombian rider Juan Mauricio Soler is now out of intensive care following a crash during the Tour de Suisse in June.

Colombian rider Juan Mauricio Soler has left intensive care following his crash at the Tour de Suisse in June.

The Movistar team cyclist was placed into an induced coma having suffered multiple injuries during a collision in the sixth stage of the event.

Soler was moved from Switzerland to Pamplona's Clinica Universitaria de Navarra in Spain earlier this month.

"His improvements are slow, but constant and positive," Movistar doctor Alfredo Zuniga told the team's official website.

"He already recognises the people from his environment and has started talking. You can keep short conversations with him.

"He's still really tired, and that's normal due to the magnitude of the blow he suffered, but his progress is good, especially during the last week."

The 28-year-old had previously won the second stage of the Tour de Suisse.