Fabio Jakobsen, here on July 5, 2020, suffered a brain and brain injury during the terrible fall at the finish of the first stage of the Tour of Poland. - / SIPA

Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quick Step), who suffered a terrible fall on Wednesday at the finish line in Katowice (south) of the first stage of the 77th Tour of Poland, is in dire straits, said the doctor. of the race.

“The condition is very serious. His life is directly threatened. Enormous blood loss and serious injuries […] He lost a lot of blood, but we managed to intubate him, his airways were free. He was given oxygen, all the necessary medication. The heart was working fine. He doesn't have a rib cage injury, it's mostly skull and brain, ”Barbara Jerschina told Polish television Polsat Sport.

"Dangerous behavior"

The Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen, at the origin of the fall of Fabio Jakobsen, faces a sanction from the disciplinary commission of the International Cycling Union (UCI). The international federation “strongly condemned the dangerous behavior” of Groenewegen which sent Jakobsen into the barriers and caused a collective fall. Groenewegen, who crossed the line first, was then disqualified by the jury of commissioners.

Groenewegen did not quite understand what it means to "respect barrier gestures".
Ultra violent arrival of the first stage of the Tour of Poland pic.twitter.com/ZH5QCbbUgd

- thomas snegaroff (@thomassnegaroff) August 5, 2020

The UCI judged Groenewegen's behavior "unacceptable" and declared that the matter was referred to the disciplinary commission "to ask for sanctions commensurate with the gravity of the facts".

Groenewegen, 27, is one of today's top sprint specialists. Winner of 4 stages of the Tour de France in the last three years, he plans to participate this season in the next Giro, whose start is set for the beginning of October. In the past, other sprinters have already been sanctioned for causing falls. Among others his compatriot Theo Bos who had been suspended for a month in 2009 after attacking South African Daryl Impey during a stage of the Tour of Turkey.


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