Dutch bicycle owner Dylan Groenewegen has been suspended for 9 months following a horrific crash within the Tour of Poland earlier this yr.
Groenewegen drifted into the trail of fellow rider Fabio Jakobsen on the finish of the primary stage of the race in August, inflicting Jakobsen to collide with a barrier.
In accordance to his Deceuninck-QuickStep crew, Jakobsen — who was positioned in a medically induced coma and underwent facial surgical procedure after the crash — faces a “lengthy and arduous” restoration.
“It was a crash the place the severity of the implications was unfathomable,” mentioned Richard Plugge, director of Groenewegen’s Jumbo-Visma crew.
“Now that the disciplinary case has been concluded, we will begin wanting ahead once more. We are going to do this along with Dylan.
“We’re relieved that there’s now perspective and readability. We want Fabio Jakobsen the identical. The encouraging reviews about his restoration do us good.”
Groenewegen’s suspension dates again to the Tour of Poland incident, which means he shall be clear to race once more on Might 7 subsequent yr.
“The crash … will ceaselessly be a black web page in my profession,” mentioned the 27-year-old.
“Throughout the dash I deviated from my line. I’m sorry, as a result of I wish to be a good sprinter. The results have been very unlucky and severe.
“I’m very conscious of that and I hope this has been a sensible lesson for each sprinter. I comply with the information of Fabio’s restoration very intently. I can solely hope that in the future he’ll return utterly.
“Closing the disciplinary matter creates readability. That offers me the chance to look forward once more. I’m glad about that, regardless that Might 7 continues to be distant.
“I’m pleased with the assist I get from Workforce Jumbo-Visma, my household and buddies. Collectively we’ll work in direction of that day each mentally and bodily.”
In accordance with the UCI, biking’s international governing physique, Groenewegen has additionally agreed to participate in occasions to learn the biking group. Earlier this month, Jakobsen mentioned he was hopeful he would quickly have the ability to return to biking.
“4 weeks after the reconstruction of my higher and decrease jaw it was time for the stitches to return out,” he wrote on social media.
“The method of therapeutic goes nicely.
“The transplanted bone has to develop sturdy and agency for the following 4 months now.
“Subsequent surgical procedure is scheduled in 2021.”
“In a few weeks my pelvic crest needs to be healed and robust like earlier than once more. From then I can slowly begin coaching on the bike once more!”