Dutch rider Fabio Jakobsen fought for his life in an induced coma after a horror crash in the last sprint in the first stage of the Tour de Poland after flying over barriers and fighting for victory, which led to a crowd jam
- Fabio Jakobsen crashed into barriers during the opening phase of the Tour de Poland
- The Dutch cyclist was elbow to elbow with Dylan Groenewegen
- When the pair vied for the position, Groenewegen seemed to circumcise his compatriot
- It created havoc with a pile with several other drivers hitting the asphalt
Fabio Jakobsen was brought into a coma on Wednesday after a head and chest injury in a fall on the last stretch of the Tour de Poland race, the organizers have confirmed.
The Deceuninck Quick Step rider crashed into the barriers while fighting for position and a stage win with Dylan Groenewegen from Team Jumbo-Visma.
Jakobsen was flown to hospital in severe condition and placed in an induced coma after suffering head and chest injuries.
Fabio Jakobsen suffered a serious fall at the opening of the Tour de Poland
However, a doctor at the hospital in Sosnowiec said his condition was stable in the intensive care unit, but that he needed an operation on his face and skull.
& # 39; It is a severe head and brain trauma. We did what we could, the medical team came straight away, ”a race doctor said at the beginning.
The biggest problems were intubation, major trauma to the palate, and heavy bleeding. The state of health is very serious, it is a direct threat to life. & # 39;
The harrowing incident occurred after Dutch cyclist Jakobsen rode elbow to elbow with compatriot Dylan Groenewegen for the last few meters of the race.
He fought with his compatriot Dylan Groenewegen for position and a stage win
But then he got out of his compatriot, and when the couple vied for their position, Groenewegen seemed to circumcise Jakobsen.
At that moment, Jakobsen crashed into the barriers and wreaked havoc in the middle of a domino-like pile with several drivers hitting the tarmac as they crossed the line.
Jacobsen's impact threw billboards and barriers in the cyclists' path and sent several riders to the ground to avoid what was ahead.
Groenewegen was declared the winner of the race – Marc Sarreau and Luka Mezgec were also on the first podium – but was later excluded from the race.
Jacobsen's impact threw billboards and barriers in the cyclists' path
In a UCI statement, the 27-year-old was accused: “The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) strongly condemns the dangerous behavior of driver Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma), who sent Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quickstep) into the barriers several times Meters from the finish, which resulted in a collective fall at the end of the first stage of the Tour of Poland.
& # 39; Groenewegen was excluded from the race by the commissioner group.
The UCI, deeming the conduct to be unacceptable, immediately referred the matter to the Disciplinary Committee for the imposition of sanctions appropriate to the gravity of the facts.
That fall also sent several riders to the ground as they tried to avoid what was ahead
"Our association is wholeheartedly with the affected drivers."
The sprint ended on a hilly, 195.8 km long stage that connected two of the largest sports stadiums in Poland.
Riders like Mark Cavendish left the Silesian Stadium in downtown Chorzow before tackling a hilly route and the finish sprint in the Sodek Arena in Katowice.
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