The doctors have decided not to try to wake Fabio Jakobsen from his artificial coma until Friday. The situation of the 23-year-old cyclist who crashed hard in the first stage of the Tour of Poland on Wednesday is still serious but stable.
Initially, an attempt would be made on Thursday to take Jakobsen out of his artificial coma. The doctors are now waiting for a day, because they do not want to rush anything.
One of the doctors treating Jakobsen, Pawel Gruenpeter, remains cautious. "I hope there is no damage to his nervous system. We must remember that the patient was resuscitated for about an hour yesterday," he told Sporza .
Jakobsen hit the crush barriers in the final sprint of the first stage of the Tour of Poland after contact with Dylan Groenewegen, who was in the sprint of his line and crushed his compatriot.
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Jakobsen underwent five-hour surgery
Among other things, Jakobsen contracted a shattered palate and a crushed trachea and was immediately transported to the hospital, where he successfully underwent five-hour surgery on the night from Wednesday to Thursday.
According to the doctors, as Jacob's team Deceuninck-Quick-Step previously reported, there is no brain injury. His spine also appears to be unaffected. He does have trouble breathing because of an injury to his chest.
Groenewegen was disqualified from the first stage following the incident and excluded from further participation. It is still unclear what the further sanctions for the leader of Jumbo-Visma are.
Jakobsen has been reigning Dutch road champion since taking the national title in Ede last year. In 2019 he also sprinted to two stage victories in the Vuelta a España, with which he made a name for himself in the peloton.
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