Patrick Lefevere, the manager of the Deceuninck – Quik-Step cycling stable, was really enraged when his team rider Fabio Jakobsen was seriously injured while driving around Poland. He accused cyclist Dylan Groenewegen of criminal activity and intends to file a criminal complaint
Jakobsen crashed sharply after coming into contact with his rival Groenewegen at the end of the Katowice sprint.
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Lefevere released angry tweets on Wednesday night blaming Dutch cyclist Groenewegen for the fate of his cyclist.
- This Team Jumbo guy has to be put in jail, efevere wrote with reference to the team represented by Groenewegen, Team Jumbo-Visma.
- I take it to court, this kind of activity must be eradicated from cycling. This is a criminal case, Mr Dylan Groenewegen, the Belgian stable boss continued.
Lefevere stood behind his words in an interview with Belgian Het Laatste Nieuws on Thursday.
- I'm still very angry and will stand by those behind the Twitter messages. It was a really dirty act from Groenewegen. Thus pictures from my phone on Wednesday, in fact, I've watched it dozens of times in the sprint. I don’t understand Groenewegen’s work, he tells the magazine.
The team boss carefully analyzes what he sees in the article. His conclusion is that Groenewegen is guilty of an evil wound.
- The complaint has been registered and submitted to the International Cycling Federation and the stable will also take the matter to the Polish police, he says.
Groenewegen has expressed his regret at the incident. He tweeted his apology on Thursday.
- I hate what happened yesterday. I have no words to describe how sorry I am Fabio and the other on behalf of all persons involved in a crash. Right now, Fabio’s health is paramount. I think of him constantly, he wrote.
Jakobsen was plunged into a coma at the hospital after the accident. He underwent facial surgery for several broken bones. A Twitter account of the tour around Poland said on Friday that Jakobsen has been resurrected from a coma and his well-being is good given the circumstances.