Katowice (dpa) - After the serious fall of the Dutch professional cyclist Fabio Jakobsen at the first stage of the tour of Poland, the public prosecutor's office has launched an investigation.

The agency wants to find out whether someone is to blame for the injury to Jacobsen and an employee or whether they were the result of an accident. "We have heard three witnesses so far, including a representative of the race organizers," said a spokeswoman for the Katowice prosecutor's office, according to the PAP news agency. Other witnesses should be heard, the prosecutor's office also wants to analyze the evidence. The police had previously secured material, including the bicycles of the professional cyclists and video recordings of the accident.

Jakobsen crashed into the barriers at high speed on Wednesday in the finish sprint of the first stage and remained motionless. The 23-year-old had been pushed aside by his compatriot Dylan Groenewegen. Jakobsen survived a five-hour operation and was put into an artificial coma.

His condition was stable on Thursday, the doctors want to get him out of an artificial coma on Friday.

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