The secretary of state is a known cycling enthusiast

By Peter Mikelbank
Updated May 31, 2015 10:20 AM
Credit: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

Secretary of State John Kerry has broken his leg while cycling in the Alps on Sunday.

Kerry’s spokesperson confirmed the incident in a statement obtained by PEOPLE, saying that the accident occurred while he was cycling near Scionzier, France. Paramedics and physicians were on the scene with Kerry’s motorcade at the time of the accident.

“The Secretary was transported via medical helicopter to Hospital University Geneva, where he is currently being evaluated,” the statement reads.

“Secretary Kerry is stable and likely suffered a leg injury. He did not lose consciousness.”

According to CNN, Kerry injured his right femur and will return to Boston for treatment.

Kerry’s spokesperson confirmed the return to Boston in a second update on Saturday afternoon, adding that he would fly out of Geneva in the evening.

“Secretary Kerry is resting comfortably at the hospital in Geneva and remains in good spirits. He will continue to rest throughout the afternoon,” the statement read.

The accident occurred a day after Kerry held meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Geneva. The diplomats are attempting to negotiate a treaty preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

The 2004 Democratic Presidential candidate has been a lifetime biking enthusiast, and has visited the Tour de France in the past.