Juan Mauricio Soler making progress after crash

Juan Mauricio Soler
Soler was King of the Mountains at the 2007 Tour de France

Doctors have reduced medication to Juan Mauricio Soler, seriously injured in a crash during the Tour of Switzerland, after his condition improved.

The 28-year-old Movistar rider remains in an induced coma following the crash on Thursday during the sixth stage.

But, after Soler made "favourable" progress on Friday, doctors said on Saturday that the swelling in his brain appeared to be coming down.

The Colombian also fractured his skull and broke his ankle in the accident.

"The health status of Juan Mauricio Soler has further stabilised and there are no signs for an intracranial pressure, which is considered by the doctors as a positive sign," official race doctor Roland Kretsch said after consulting with hospital doctors in Saint Gallen.

Soler crashed in the village of Gloten, 11 km (seven miles) into the sixth stage.

"All of a sudden there was a footpath with a five-centimetre edge dropping to the road level," Australian rider Baden Cooke told the Associated Press. "Soler had no time to brake at all."

Soler fell on to a spectator and then smashed into a fence, suffering multiple fractures as well as bleeding on the brain.

"The fence did not move at all so Soler took the full impact," added Cooke.

Solar's accident comes only two months after Belgian Wouter Weylandt died in a crash during the Giro d'Italia.