Groenewegen apologises for crash

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Dutch sprinters Fabio Jakobsen (far left) and Dylan Groenewegen (left) collide just before the line in a crash on stage one of the Tour of Poland
Dutch sprinters Fabio Jakobsen (far left) and Dylan Groenewegen (second left, in yellow) collided just before the line

Groenewegen drifted across the road before he and Jakobsen collided near the finish line during stage one of the Tour of Poland on Wednesday.

Jakobsen, 23, was airlifted to hospital and has had facial surgery.

About Groenewegen
Groenewegen or Van Groenewegen is a Dutch toponymic surname. Literally translated as “green roads”, the name may refer to an origin in one of several hamlets or streets named Groeneweg in the Netherlands. Notable people with this surname include:

Dylan Groenewegen (born 1993), Dutch road racing cyclist
Han Groenewegen (1888–1980), Dutch architect
Jacob Groenewegen (died 1609), Dutch merchant
Jane Groenewegen (born 1956), Canadian (Northwest Territories) politician
Leo Groenewegen (born 1953), Australian rules footballer
Leo Groenewegen (born 1965), Canadian football offensive lineman
Robert Groenewegen (born 1960), Australian rules footballer
Sara Groenewegen (born 1995), Canadian softball playerVan GroenewegenPieter Anthonisz. van Groenewegen (c.1600–1658), Dutch landscape painter
Simon van Groenewegen van der Made (1613–1652), Dutch juristGroenewegBram Groeneweg (1905–1988), Dutch long-distance runner
Suze Groeneweg (1875–1940), Dutch politician; first woman to be elected into the Dutch parliamentGroenwegenNancy G. Groenwegen, American New York State cabinet secretary

Groenewegen apologises for crash

About apologises

“I find it terrible what happened,” Groenewegen, 27, said. “I can’t find the words to describe how sorry I am for Fabio and the others involved.

“What matters most now is Fabio’s health. I think about him all the time.”

Groenewegen apologises for crash

Jakobsen’s team Deceuninck-QuickStep said on Wednesday that initial tests “didn’t reveal brain or spinal injury” and that his condition was stable.

World champion Mads Pedersen won stage two on Thursday and dedicated the victory to Jakobsen.

“I dedicate this win to Jakobsen and wish him a speedy recovery, hope he gets back to a normal life and back to cycling,” he said.

Jumbo-Visma sprinter Groenewegen, who was named as the winner of stage one before being disqualified, has had surgery on a broken collarbone after he and several other riders also fell after crossing the line.

Cycling’s governing body UCI said it “strongly condemns the dangerous behaviour of Groenewegen”.

Richard Plugge, managing director of Jumbo-Visma, said he had visited Groenewegen in hospital and “let him tell his story briefly”.

“For him, the recovery of Fabio and the others who were injured in this terrible crash is all that counts now,” Plugge added.

“Soon we will discuss the incident in detail with him. Our thoughts are with the victims and we hope with all our heart for a good recovery.”