On the first stretch of Poland around, a World Tour competition, Dutchman Fabio Jakobsen crashed violently just before the finish line.

Jakobsen was taken by helicopter to hospital and is placed in an artificial coma. He was operated on for five hours last night, but according to information from the hospital should not be life-threateningly injured.

"Hate what happened"

Groenewegen, who was heavily criticized after he forced Jakobsen out against the billboards before he crashed, spoke on Thursday on Twitter about the accident.

"I hate what happened yesterday. I can not find words to describe how sorry I am for Fabio and everyone else who has been injured or affected. At the moment, Fabio's health is the most important thing. I think about him all the time ”.

"Drove incorrectly"

The International Cycling Union (UCI) published a statement yesterday condemning the incident as dangerous behavior and accusing Groenwegen of causing the crash.

"The competitor who caused the accident drove incorrectly, because he saw that someone was passing by on the right side and started driving to the right," says race director Czeslaw Lang.

"Should be put in jail"

Jakobsen's stable manager goes even harder for Groenewegen.

"He should be put in jail. It is a criminal behavior ", writes Patrick Lefevere, stable manager in Deceuninck-Quick Step, on social media.