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Raisin stable after brain surgery

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The next two or three days will be critical as Raisin battles for his life.

PARIS, France -- American cyclist Saul Raisin is in a stable condition after undergoing surgery to reduce pressure caused by fluid on his brain.

Raisin, 23, was left fighting for his life after falling into a coma following a horrific accident on the Circuit de la Sarthe race in western France.

German Stefan Schumacher of the Gerolsteiner team won the race which finished on Friday.

The fourth and final stage, 184km between Ernee and Le Mans, was won by Italian Allessandro Bertolini of the Selle Italia team.

But the action has been overshadowed by the accident to Raisin.

The Credit Agricole rider underwent surgery on Thursday, after being admitted to hospital with severe head injuries.

However, doctors have said there has been no immediate sign of recovery.

"We have two to three critical days ahead of us. Doctors have set a period of five to eight days to see an improvement," said Credit Agricole doctor Joel Menard.

Raisin had been conscious and talking to team officials since the crash but saw his condition worsen rapidly on Thursday before slipping into a coma.

A rising star renowned for his climbing skills, Raisin turned professional in 2003 and moved up to Credit Agricole's first team last year.

His parents arrived at his bedside in Angers, western France, on Friday.

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