Jakobsen in serious but stable condition following Tour of Poland crash

By Patric Ridge 6 August 2020 8
Jakobsen in serious but stable condition following Tour of Poland crash

Deceuninck – Quick Step have confirmed Fabio Jakobsen is in a serious but stable condition following an incident in the Tour of Poland.

Jakobsen was sent over the barriers during a sprint finish with Dylan Groenewegen, who was subsequently disqualified by the UCI for appearing to nudge his competitor.

Several other riders were injured after crashing as the barriers split and flew across the road, with Jakobsen airlifted to hospital where he was placed into an induced coma.

Deceuninck – Quick Step have now provided an update on their rider's condition.

"Fabio Jakobsen's situation is serious but at the moment he is stable," a statement from the team read.

"Diagnostic tests did not reveal brain or spinal injury, but because of the gravity of his multiple injuries, he is still kept in a comatose condition and has to remain closely monitored in the following days at the Wojewodzki Szpital in Katowice.

"Further information will be made available in the course of the coming hours. Meanwhile, we would like to thank you for your heartwarming support."

Prior to Deceuninck – Quick Step's update, UCI strongly condemned the actions of Team Jumbo-Wisma rider Groenewegen.

Jumbo-Wisma posted on Twitter to apologise for the incident and said an internal review will be taking place.

"Our thoughts go out to Fabio Jakobsen and other people involved in today's terrible crash in the Tour of Poland. Crashes like these should not happen," it read.

"We offer our sincere apologies and we will discuss internally what has happened before we may make any further statement. #TDP20."

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