Dutch bicycle owner Jakobsen in induced coma after crash in Poland

Warsaw (Poland), August 6

Dutch bicycle owner Fabio Jakobsen was put into an induced coma after sustaining head accidents in a crash on the ultimate stretch of the Tour de Pologne race in southern Poland, organisers stated.

Sprinting for the win on the finish of the occasion’s opening stage on Wednesday, Jakobsen was despatched flying into the aspect obstacles after a collision with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen.

Jakobsen, who races for the Deceuninck-Quick-Step workforce, was airlifted to a hospital in severe situation and was put into an induced coma, the Tour de Pologne press workplace stated.

The race’s chief physician, Barbara Jerschina, stated that Jakobsen sustained accidents to his head.

Race director Czeslaw Lang blamed Groenewegen for the crash, saying the rider’s actions have been “not fair play.”

“Groenewegen changed his trajectory, was pressing Jakobsen to the right side and on top of that stuck out his elbow. You don’t do that,” stated Lang, who took silver within the 1980 Olympic highway race for Poland.

Jakobsen was named the winner of the opening stage and Groenewegen was disqualified following the crash, by which a referee and another cyclists have been additionally injured.

The crash, which occurred within the southern metropolis of Katowice, came about precisely a 12 months after Belgian bicycle owner Bjorg Lambrecht died within the hospital from accidents he sustained when he crashed right into a concrete barrier throughout the third stage of the 76th version of the Tour de Pologne. AP

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