Fabio Jakobsen has facial surgical operation after his horrific Tour of Poland …

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Fabio Jakobsen, the Deceuninck-Quick Step rider, has undergone facial surgery lasting five and a half hours following his horrific crash at the Tour of Poland. As the sport continued to process what happened on Wednesday, questions are mounting about the safety measures which were in place in Katowice, with cycling’s governing body, the UCI, coming under fire for not doing more to protect riders.

In a statement issued on Thursday morning, Deceuninck-QuickStep said that Jakobsen, 23, remained in an induced coma in Sosnowiec, although they described his condition as “stable” and said that medics would try to wake him up later in the day.

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Fabio Jakobsen has facial surgery after his horrific Tour of Poland …

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“Fabio had facial surgery during the night,” read the statement. “His situation is stable at the moment and later today the doctors will try to wake Fabio up. More information will be published when available.”

Jakobsen was awarded the stage 1 victory in Poland after being forced into the barriers by Jumbo-Visma’s Dylan Groenewegen, who was subsequently disqualified from the race for deviating from his line in the fast downhill sprint. Jumbo-Visma offered an apology an hour after the stage, acknowledging in a statement on Twitter that “crashes like these should not happen.”

Fabio Jakobsen has facial surgery after his horrific Tour of Poland …

In the initial aftermath of the crash, there was anger directed towards Groenewegen with Deceuninck-QuickStep manager Patrick Lefevere going so far as to suggest that the Dutuch rider should be jailed for his manoeuvre. 

Attention swiftly turned to the UCI, however. Former sprinter Robbie McEwen questioned the barriers in Poland, which were left strewn in the road, taking down a number of other riders.