Wednesday's terrible crash in the first stage of the Tour of Poland has also led to the abandonment of three other riders. Edu Prades (broken cervical vertebra), Damien Touzé (broken finger) and Marc Sarreau (shoulder injury) will not start on Thursday in the second stage.

Movistar's Spaniard Prades was hit by one of the crush barriers that hit the road after the fall of Fabio Jakobsen. He lay on the floor for minutes because he had a lot of pain in his neck, shoulder, ribs and back, where there was a deep wound.

Prades had to spend the night at the hospital in Katowice, and X-rays revealed a small fracture in one of his cervical vertebrae. He is transferred to Movistar's headquarters in Pamplona, ​​where he can recover further.

Frenchman Touzé from Cofidis fell over the many riders who had already smashed against the asphalt before him. He was able to get up almost immediately, but had to be taken to hospital where he had surgery on his finger.

The second Frenchman, Marc Sarreau from Groupama-FDJ, was hit by one of the crush barriers, just like Prades, and his shoulder was particularly bad. In contrast to Prades and Touzé, however, no breakage was found with him.


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Jacob's kept in artificial coma

In the final sprint of the first stage, which went slightly downhill, Jakobsen hit the crush barriers hard. This happened after contact with Dylan Groenewegen, who was in the sprint of his line and who squeezed his countryman.

The Deceuninck-Quick-Step rider contracted, among other things, a shattered palate and a crushed trachea and successfully underwent five-hour surgery at night. He is currently kept in an artificial coma. His situation is serious, but stable.

Groenewegen was disqualified for the first stage and taken off course as a result of the incident. Any further sanctions for the leader of Jumbo-Visma are not yet known.


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