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(CNN) – Fernando Alonso, two-time Formula One world champion, was hospitalized after a road accident while riding a bicycle in Switzerland, according to a tweet Alpine F1 Team.
"Fernando is conscious and well and is looking forward to more medical exams tomorrow morning," said the team's tweet.
The 39-year-old is an avid cyclist who will return to Formula One racing this year . The Spaniard's return comes less than two years after he announced he was leaving the sport.
Pre-season testing for the upcoming F1 season will take place in Bahrain on March 12-14 before the first race in Bahrain on March 28.
Alonso was involved in an accident in January 2020 during the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia when his Toyota Hilux was thrown into the air after hitting a sand dune at an awkward angle. The vehicle rolled twice before coming to a stop. Neither Alonso nor his co-driver, Marc Coma, were injured.
Alonso, a veteran driver, has made 314 Grand Prix starts in his F1 career, scoring 32 victories and 97 podiums (both his victories and podiums place him in sixth place on the all-time list) into three teams – Renault, McLaren and Ferrari – and his return will mark the first time a driver has had three separate stints with a single F1 team (2003-06, 2008-09 and since 2021 onwards)
He was world champion in 2005 and 2006
Calum Trenaman, Glen Levy and CNN's Amanda Davies contributed to this report.