Issued on: 11/11/2020 – 17:57
Bike owner Dylan Groenewegen was on Wednesday suspended till Could 2021 for inflicting a horrific crash on the 2020 Tour of Poland that left fellow Dutchman Fabio Jakobsen in a coma.
Jakobsen was racing elbow-to-elbow with Groenewegen at 80 km/h earlier than the latter veered immediately to the precise, squeezing his rival into the safety wall.
The Deceuninck-Fast Step rider somersaulted over the limitations earlier than colliding with a race official.
Groenewegen went on to win the primary stage of the race in Katowice however the Jumbo-Visma bicycle owner was later disqualified with Jakobsen declared the winner.
Jakobsen, 24, was left combating for his life and underwent a five-hour operation instantly after the accident in August. He had extra surgical procedure in October to repair his shattered jaw.
“I’m very grateful that I’m nonetheless alive,” Jakobsen mentioned after his situation improved sufficiently for him to be moved again dwelling to the Netherlands.
4 weeks after the reconstruction of my higher and decrease jaw it was time for the stitches to come back out. The method of therapeutic goes nicely. The transplanted bone has to develop robust and agency for the following 4 months now. Subsequent surgical procedure is scheduled in 2021. pic.twitter.com/4MnBJ3KfXX
— Fabio Jakobsen (@FabioJakobsen) November 2, 2020
The Worldwide Biking Union (UCI) – world biking’s governing physique – mentioned that in the course of the investigation Groenewegen acknowledged that he deviated from his line and dedicated a violation of the UCI laws. It backdated the suspension to start out from August.
“The crash within the first stage of the Tour of Poland will ceaselessly be a black web page in my profession,” Groenewegen mentioned in a crew assertion on Wednesday.
“I comply with the information of Fabio’s restoration very carefully. I can solely hope that someday he’ll return fully.”
Groenewegen added: “Closing the disciplinary matter creates readability. That provides me the chance to look forward once more. I’m pleased about that, regardless that Could seventh continues to be far-off.”
Tour of Poland administrators have been additionally criticised for organising a downhill dash end and the kind of limitations used.
“The UCI emphasises the significance of performing on any such incidents from a disciplinary viewpoint in a good and constant method in addition to constantly engaged on measures geared toward enhancing street security.”
The Jakobsen incident got here a 12 months after the loss of life of 22-year-old Belgian sprinter Bjorg Lambrecht, who died after falling and hitting a concrete construction on the 2019 Tour of Poland.