Cyclist Fabio Jakobsen is still in a serious but stable condition after his violent crash with Dylan Groenewegen in the Tour of Poland, the hospital in Sosnowiec, Poland, said on Thursday morning.
On Wednesday, Jakobsen suffered a bruised palate and a crushed trachea and was immediately transported to the hospital, where he successfully underwent five hours of surgery on his wounds on Wednesday to Thursday.
According to the doctors, there appears to be no evidence of brain injury or damage to the spine. The Deceuninck-Quick-Step sprinter does have difficulty breathing because of an injury to his chest.
23-year-old Jakobsen is still kept in an artificial coma, although attempts may be made to awaken him later on Thursday. A new update about his situation will follow around 2 p.m.
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Groenewegen cornered Jakobsen
Jakobsen crashed hard on the barriers on Wednesday in the final sprint of the first stage after contact with Groenewegen, who was in the sprint of his line and put his fellow countryman under pressure.
Groenewegen was disqualified for the first stage following the incident. It is still unclear whether the Jumbo-Visma sprinter may continue the Tour of Poland and what the further sanctions will be.
Jakobsen is reigning Dutch road champion after taking the national title in Ede last year. In 2019 he also sprinted to two stage victories in the Vuelta a España.
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