Warsaw, August 7
Dutch bicycle owner Fabio Jakobsen, who was put in a medically-induced coma after crashing on the end line within the Tour of Poland’s first stage on Wednesday, is awake and in good situation, tour organisers mentioned on Friday.
Jakobsen, who rides for the Deceuninck-Quick Step staff, was making an attempt to jostle into place with competitor Dylan Groenewegen within the ultimate metres of the race, however the pair collided and Jakobsen crashed into the boundaries, hitting a race official.
The 23-year-old was taken to hospital and underwent facial surgical procedure.
“We have good news from the hospital in Sosnowiec! @FabioJakobsen is awake now from the coma. Condition is ‘good’,” tour organisers mentioned on Twitter.
The hospital in Sosnowiec, southern Poland, mentioned that Jakobsen should undergo an extended rehabilitation course of, however his situation is sweet and he doesn’t present any neurological signs.
“The patient is conscious, follows orders, is disconnected from the ventilator, so he is breathing alone,” the hospital’s director advised a information convention.
“I think that if he survived such a fall, he will return to sport for sure,” he added.
Cycling’s governing physique, the UCI, had issued an announcement strongly condemning the “dangerous behaviour” of Groenewegen, accusing him of inflicting the crash and disqualifying him from the race.
On Friday, Groenewegen apologised for his actions.
The race was meant to be held in July however was postponed as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. It was lowered to 5 levels from the unique seven with the intention to depart room on the calendar for different re-scheduled races. Reuters