Tour de Pologne – Fabio Jakobsen to be woken from medically …

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Fabio Jakobsen crashed at the finish line on stage one of the Tour de Pologne
Fabio Jakobsen crashed at the finish line on stage one of the Tour de Pologne

Fabio Jakobsen crashed at the finish line on stage one of the Tour de Pologne

Doctors will attempt to wake Fabio Jakobsen from his medically-induced coma after crashing at the finish line on stage one of the Tour de Pologne, with the Dutch cyclist undergoing surgery overnight.

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The 23-year-old’s team Deceuninck-QuickStep confirmed he had not suffered brain or spinal injuries after he collided at high speed with compatriot Dylan Groenewegen in the final downhill sprint and crashed over the barriers into an official.

Jakobsen was airlifted to hospital and placed in a coma and after undergoing facial surgery it is hoped he can regain consciousness.

Tour de Pologne: Fabio Jakobsen to be woken from medically …

“Fabio had facial surgery during the night. His situation is stable at the moment and later today the doctors will try to wake Fabio up,” said a statement by Deceuninck-QuickStep.

The incident was caused by Jumbo-Visma sprinter Groenewegen drifting into Jakobsen’s path and, after he had been disqualified, the 27-year-old’s action was condemned by cycling’s governing body.

Jakobsen was named the winner of the opening stage, while Dylan Groenewegen was disqualified for 'dangerous behaviour' Jakobsen was named the winner of the opening stage, while Dylan Groenewegen was disqualified for 'dangerous behaviour'

Jakobsen was named the winner of the opening stage, while Dylan Groenewegen was disqualified for ‘dangerous behaviour’

A UCI statement read: “The Union Cycliste Internationale strongly condemns the dangerous behaviour of rider Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Wisma), who sent Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quickstep) into the barriers a few metres from the finish, causing a collective crash at the end of the first stage of the Tour of Poland.

“The UCI, which considers the behaviour unacceptable, immediately referred the matter to the disciplinary commission to request the imposition of sanctions commensurate with the seriousness of the facts.”

Groenewegen, who rides for the JumboVisma team, apologised for the crash in a team statement.

“I find it terrible what happened,” Groenewegen 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 apologised for the crash and says he feels 'terrible' about what happened Groenewegen apologised for the crash and says he feels 'terrible' about what happened

Groenewegen apologised for the crash and says he feels ‘terrible’ about what happened

JumboVisma director Richard Plugge said Groenewegen, who had surgery on a broken collarbone, “feels terrible” about what happened.

“He was deeply affected by it. Soon we will discuss the incident in detail with him,” he said.

The crash took place exactly a year after Belgian cyclist Bjorg Lambrecht died in hospital from injuries he sustained when he crashed into a concrete barrier during the third stage of the 76th edition of the Tour de Pologne.

The 77th Tour de Pologne was meant to be held in July but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The race began on Wednesday, with the 196km first stage taking the riders from the Slaski Stadium in Chorzow, southern Poland to Katowice.

It was reduced to five stages from the seven originally planned in order to leave room on the calendar for other re-scheduled races.