Welcome to the live blog of the aftermath of Fabio Jakobsen's crash in the Tour of Poland. The Dutch champion was driven into the gates on Wednesday by fellow countryman Dylan Groenewegen. 

  • Jacob operated on for five hours
  • Today attempt to get out of a coma
  • Situation serious, but stable

We strongly warn against the heavy images, but this is how Fabio Jakobsen crashed in the opening stage of the Tour of Poland after fellow countryman Dylan Groenewegen cuts him off.

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Massive crash on the finish line in stage 1 of 馃嚨馃嚤 @ Tour_de_Pologne! # TDP20 (馃摵 @ sport_tvppl)

AvatarAvatar Author World Cycling Stats Moment of Places 18: 27 - 5 August 2020

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Plugge apologizes to Deceuninck-Quick-Step
Lefevere further reports to Sporza that he was called last night by team boss Richard Plugge of Jumbo-Visma. "I told him that I was brave that he called me, but I also told him that I cannot understand the maneuver of Groenewegen. I just can't." (3/3)

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Lefevere still wants legal prosecution of Groenewegen
Lefevere already yesterday said that he plans to take Groenewegen to court and the Belgian does not think otherwise about a day later. "We have already sent a letter of complaint to the UCI and the team will also file a complaint with the Polish police for deliberate mistreatment and injuries. The police have confiscated Jakobsen's bicycle." (2/3)

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Lefevere: "Jakobsen broke all the bones in his face"
"Fabio Jakobsen broke all the bones in his face. It is very bad", his team boss Patrick Lefevere told Sporza . "We continue to pray that he survive. His family is on their way to Poland, accompanied by our psychologist." (1/3)

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Fabio Jakobsen's team calls on everyone to tweet this image with a personal message for the 23-year-old rider. After a five-hour operation, which went without complications, the doctors in the hospital of Sosnowiec want to awaken the Dutch champion from his artificial coma today.

We want all of the Wolfpack to pull together and get behind our friend and colleague Fabio Jakobsen. Please download and repost this image with your own words of support for him, using #ForzaFabio!

AvatarAvatar Author Deceuninck-QuickStep Moment of places 11: 18 - 6 August 2020

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These riders can no longer start today due to the crash in the mass sprint:

  • Fabio Jakobsen 馃嚦馃嚤 (various serious injuries)
  • Dylan Groenewegen 馃嚦馃嚤 (taken off course)
  • Edu Prades 馃嚜馃嚫 (break in neck)
  • Damien Touz茅 馃嚝馃嚪 (broken finger)
  • Marc Sarreau 馃嚝馃嚪 (shoulder injury)

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Italian rider Alessandro De Marchi calls for action by the UCI and rider union CPA to make cycling safer. The CCC rider also wants a zero tolerance policy from the jury that assesses race situations.

AvatarAvatar Author Alessandro De Marchi Moment of places 08: 09 - 6 August 2020

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Deceuninck-Quick-Step, Fabio Jakobsen's team, confirms what was announced earlier this morning by the hospital. The sprinter's situation is stable, he will be taken out of his artificial coma later today.

Fabio Jakobsen had facial surgery during the night. His situation is stable at the moment and later today the doctors will try to wake Fabio up. More information will be published when available. Again, we want to thank you all for the huge support! Photo: @GettySport

AvatarAvatar Author Deceuninck-QuickStep Moment of places 10: 10 - 6 August 2020

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Remco Evenepoel posted this tweet yesterday, to remove it soon after. The young Belgian, Jakobsen's teammate in the Tour of Poland, thinks that Groenewegen should be suspended for life.

馃挜 Evenepoel: 鈥淒eber铆a ser suspendido de por vida. Maldita sea! Deber铆a darte verg眉enza 鈥濃潓 Evenepoel pide la suspensi贸n de por vida para Groenewegen. Minutos despu茅s ha borrado el tweet.

AvatarAvatar Author COPEdaleandoMoment of places19: 37 - August 5, 2020

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The short press conference is now over. We will of course report it here as soon as there is news about Fabio Jakobsen.

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Jakobsen has trouble breathing
"There are no complications after surgery," says Dr. Pawel Gruenpeter. "That is why we are optimistic. There is no brain injury, but the patient has difficulty breathing due to injuries to the chest."

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The hospital announces that there will be a next update about Jakobsen around 2 p.m.

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An attempt is being made today to awaken Jacob from his artificial coma, the hospital further reports.

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Jakobsen operated for five hours
Last night Fabio Jakobsen had surgery for five hours. The rider's condition is now severe but stable, the hospital reports at the press conference. The injuries to the face are the most serious.

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Around this time in St. Barbara Hospital in Sosnowiec the press conference should begin. We are still waiting and will of course report it as soon as there is news.

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Movistar reports that their rider Edu Prades suffered a fracture in the neck from yesterday's crash. The Catalan spent the night in a Polish hospital and can go home today. The Spanish team also wishes Fabio Jakobsen a lot of strength.

Malas noticias para @eduprades, quien tras su ca铆da and Polonia presenta una peque帽a fractura and una de sus v茅rtebras cervicales. M谩s info 鈫撯啌 隆Mucho 谩nimo, Edu! Reiteramos nuestro apoyo hacia todo el @deceuninck_qst y la familia y amigos de @FabioJakobsen. Hoping for good news!

AvatarAvatar Author Movistar TeamMoment of places07: 30 - August 6, 2020

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Former top sprinter Robbie McEwen gives his opinion about the accident. "The action of Groenewegen has often occurred by many sprinter, the disqualification is justified. The placement of the crush barriers was not to the standard, not even to the safety standard of the UCI," the Australian said.

The move by Groenewegen was one that has been made by sprinters many times. A correct DQ. But the barrier set-up @Tour_de_Pologne was not up to standard, nor are safety standards @UCI_cycling. How about final km safety standards instead of measuring sock height?

AvatarAvatar Author Robbie McEwen AM Moment of Places 05: 44 - August 6, 2020

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Press conference on Jakobsen
at 08:00 Polish media report that a press conference will be held at St. Barbara Hospital in Sosnowiec at 08:00. There, Jacobsen was treated for his injuries.

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The horror crash of Fabio Jakobsen will unfortunately still dominate the news this morning. The Tour of Poland has just released the statement below, in which it reports being "somewhat relieved". After seeing the crash, the worst was feared and although the condition of Jakobsen is still serious, it is stable. The official is also improving.

Yesterday's final sprint ended in a crash on the finish line.We feared the worst, but Fabio's condition is now still serious but stabilized. We thank the many medics involved in helping all the injured riders. Please see the UCI and race organization statement below # tdp20

AvatarAvatar Author Tour de Pologne Time of places 06: 52 - 6 August 2020

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Deceuninck-Quick-Step confirms: no brain injury
Deceuninck-Quick-Step, Fabio Jakobsen's team, confirms that the 23-year-old Gelderlander has no brain injury. His situation is stable, but still serious. Due to the severity of the injuries, he is kept in an artificial coma. More information will be announced by the team in the coming hours.

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Niki Terpstra also empathizes with Fabio Jakobsen.

Keep fighting Fabio 馃憡馃檹

AvatarAvatar Author Niki Terpstra Time of places 23: 55 - 5 August 2020

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Armstrong: 'Never seen such a crash'
Lance Armstrong also reacts to Fabio Jakobsen's dramatic fall. "I've been in your 'world' for a long time, but I've never seen a terrible crash like this," said Armstrong, who lost his seven victories in the Tour de France due to doping. "Hold on, friend. In my thoughts and prayers, I am with you."

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Schotte: 'A rider said not to go to look'
Renaat Schotte, a well-known cycling commentator in Belgium, was close to the finish in Katowice during the accident of Fabio Jakobsen. "I've seen about five or six riders stumbling away from the scene of disaster. One rider said to me, 'You don't have to go and watch. It's bad," said Schotte on Radio 1. "Scenes you don't want to experience as a cycling reporter. "

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This is what we currently know about the health situation of Fabio Jakobsen, based on statements from a director of the hospital in the Polish city of Sosnowiec in which the 23-year-old rider of Deceuninck-Quick-Step is located:

  • He is seriously injured and in mortal danger;
  • He has head and chest injuries;
  • He is in intensive care;
  • Undergoes facial surgery;
  • His condition is stable;
  • No brain injury has been identified;
  • Also no damage to the organs;
  • Neurological condition will follow on Thursday.

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Belgian rider Sep Vanmarcke sincerely hopes for a happy ending for Fabio Jakobsen and the man on the side who could no longer give way to the Dutch champion on the road. We now know that the man, a photographer or official, is doing well.

With all my heart, I hope it will be fine with @FabioJakobsen and the man on the side.

AvatarAvatar Author Sep Vanmarcke Time of places 21: 10 - 5 August 2020

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Steven de Jongh, former rider and currently sports director of WorldTour team Trek-Segafredo, is in mind with Fabio Jakobsen and his family.

My thoughts are with @FabioJakobsen and his family and loved ones! #keepfightingchamp. And his second family @deceuninck_qst 鉂

AvatarAvatar Author Steven de jongh Moment of places 22: 36 - August 5, 2020

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Philipsen also fell hard, but is doing well
Jasper Philipsen, the rider of UAE Team Emirates who fell hard over Dylan Groenewegen in the Tour of Poland, is doing well, he says via Twitter. The Belgian only has some scraping marks from the crash. "This is not the way I wanted to cross the line. But I am most concerned about Fabio Jakobsen now," said Philipsen.

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Hospital director: No brain injury in Jakobsen
Fabio Jakobsen has not suffered a brain injury in his heavy crash in the Tour of Poland, reports the deputy director of the hospital in Sosnowiec in conversation with the Polish sports channel TVP Sport . The spinal cord has also remained intact. Jakobsen did suffer damage to his chest. His situation is currently stable, but in mortal danger. Tomorrow the hospital can better diagnose the injuries in Jakobsen.

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The Dutch cycling association KNWU also shows its condolences to Fabio Jakobsen.

Our thoughts go out to Fabio Jakobsen. We wish him a lot of strength in his fight. 馃А

AvatarAvatar Author KNWUMoment of places22: 13 - 5 August 2020

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Former rider Christian Vande Velde, who rode in the pro peloton for 15 years, writes that Fabio Jakobsen's crash is the worst crash he has ever seen. "I pray everyone is okay".

Worst crash I've ever seen. Praying everyone is ok

AvatarAuthor VandeVelde, ChristianMoment of places18: 42 - August 5, 2020

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Photographer whom Jakobsen bumped into makes up for it
The photographer whom Fabio Jakobsen bumped along the side makes up for in circumstances, according to this photo from the Polish news agency PPA. Just before the line, the man was well behind the crush barriers to take a photo of the final sprint, but was unable to avoid the falling Jakobsen.

The referee after # TDP20 crash. He's ok. Picture from Polish Press Agency

AvatarAvatar Author Daniel Ludwi艅ski Time of places 20: 10 - 5 August 2020

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Philippe Gilbert also shows his condolences to Fabio Jakobsen, who fights for his life in a Polish hospital.

Let's pray for my friend @FabioJakobsen!

AvatarAvatar Author PHILIPPE GILBERTM Moment of Places 21: 52 - August 5, 2020

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'Groenewegen expelled
from the Tour of Poland ' Dylan Groenewegen was expelled from the Tour of Poland for causing the dramatic crash of Fabio Jakobsen. This is reported by the Polish sports channel  TVP Sport . The rider of Jumbo-Visma was first only disqualified in the opening stage. Groenewegen is also facing a severe punishment from the UCI, because the international cycling federation announced an hour ago that the case had been submitted to the licensing committee.

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Around midnight new update on Jakobsen
Pawla Gruenpetera, the deputy director of the hospital in Sosnowiec, expects to give a new update on the condition of Fabio Jakobsen in two hours. The rider of Deceuninck-Quick-Step is currently undergoing a further diagnosis, after which he will be operated, according to the driver in conversation with the Polish sports channel  TVP Sport . Jacobsen is still kept in an artificial coma.

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Sarreau has a serious shoulder injury and knee injury
Marc Sarreau, the rider of Groupama-FDJ, has suffered a serious shoulder injury and damage to his knee straps during the crash in the wake of Fabio Jakobsen and Dylan Groenewegen. That reports his French team. Sarreau, who fell through a loose crush barrier, will stay in the hospital the next night.

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Alejandro Valverde, world cycling champion in 2018, sends a statement of support to Fabio Jakobsen via Twitter. "Much strength," writes the Spaniard.

Mucha fuerza 馃檹 @FabioJakobsen @deceuninck_qst

AvatarAvatar Author Alejandro Valverde Moment of Places 21: 29 - August 5, 2020

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Hospital spokesman: Jakobsen is operated on
Fabio Jakobsen is operated on by a team of surgeons and orthopedists in a hospital in Sosnowiec. A spokesperson for the hospital said this in conversation with  TVP Sport , a Polish sports channel. The spokesman also says that Jacob's breathing is stable.

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Deceuninck-Quick-Step thanks all the people for their support for Fabio Jakobsen. "When we have more news, we will let you know. Thanks from the bottom of our hearts for all the support," writes the Belgian formation. The statement makes no statements about the condition of Jacob.

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Thomas De Gendt cherishes his loved ones after seeing Fabio Jakobsen fall in the Tour of Poland. The Belgian also rides in the Polish stage race.

On days like this the only thing you can do is call your wife and kids and say you love them.

AvatarAvatar Author Thomas De Gendt Time of places 20: 40-5 August 2020

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UCI condemns 'dangerous' action Groenewegen
Dylan Groenewegen awaits severe sanctions for causing Fabio Jakobsen's crash in the opening stage of the Tour of Poland. The UCI has brought the action of the Jumbo-Visma rider to the disciplinary committee of the international cycling federation to request sanctions. The international cycling federation speaks of "unacceptable" and "dangerous" behavior.

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Jumbo-Visma: 'Apologize'
Jumbo-Visma sends a statement after the dramatic fall of Fabio Jakobsen, which was caused by Dylan Groenewegen. "Our thoughts go out to Fabio Jakobsen and other people involved in today's terrible Tour of Poland crashes. Crashes like this should not happen. We sincerely apologize and we will discuss internally what happened before make a further statement. "

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According to the round doctor of the Tour of Poland, Fabio Jakobsen shattered his palate and windpipe when he fell.

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Round doctor: Jakobsen is in mortal danger
Fabio Jakobsen is in mortal danger, reports the round doctor of the Tour of Poland to various media in Poland. "His condition is very bad," said Barbara Jerschina. "We are dealing with severe craniocerebral trauma (brain injury, ed.). His heart was working very well. He is fighting for his life. Let's cross our fingers in front of him. He has lost a lot of blood."

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It is still not clear how Fabio Jakobsen and Dylan Groenewegen are doing. The state of the photographer on the side, who was hit by Jakobsen, is also still uncertain. Both Deceuninck-Quick-Step and the Tour of Poland organization are not yet making any statements about the health situation of those involved.

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