Top Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen has been plunged into a coma as a result of a wild accident nearing the start of the opening round of Poland.
Jakobsen, 23, tried to finish a last-minute pass from his compatriot Dylan Groenewegen on the finish line, but this blocked the road by changing his driving line. Jakbosen drifted at an estimated speed of about 70 kilometers per hour against the advertising fence that lined the track and collided with it, looking fierce.
Jakobsen hit a clerk next to the track after flying over the fence at high speed. The situation caused a chain crash on the track, where several cyclists crashed maliciously at a brisk pace.
The Dutchman was transported from the finish area by helicopter to hospital, where he was forced into a coma.
- Her condition is very serious and she is in danger of death, the competition doctor Barbara Jerschina told the BBC.
- Unfortunately, head and brain injuries are quite serious. He has lost a lot of blood. He’s really strong, and I hope he survives.
Jerschina said a clerk in Jakobsen’s path got injuries to his head and spine, but was able to talk on the way to the hospital.
A rescue helicopter arrived at Fabio Jakobsen's crash site on Wednesday.
Photo: AGENCJA GAZETA / REUTERS
Race director Czeslaw Lang rolled the cause of the accident to Groenewegen’s neck.
- He changed his driving line, pressed Jakobsen to the right and also extended his elbow. That shouldn’t be done, the 1980 cycling Olympic medalist Lang said, according to the AP.
The International Cycling Federation also strongly condemned Groenewegen's actions.
- The UCI considers this action unacceptable and immediately referred the matter to the Disciplinary Committee, which imposes sanctions appropriate to the gravity of the situation, the association told the BBC.
Jakobsen was raised to the stage winner in the official results, and Groenewegen was disqualified.
The hospital leading Jakobsen said the Dutch condition was stable in the intensive care unit, according to the AP. According to Dr. Pawel Gruenpeter, a young cyclist needs surgery on his face and skull.
The tour of Poland also experienced a great tragedy last year when Belgian Bjorg Lambrecht died after colliding with a concrete bridge drum during the stage.
Jakobsen, 23, represents the Deceuninck-QuickStep stable. Among other things, he has won two stages in last year’s round trip in Spain.
Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was drawn into a coma after a wild crash.
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