Deceuninck-Quick-Step team leader Patrick Lefevere has no good word for Dylan Groenewegen after the terrible crash with Fabio Jakobsen in the first stage of the Tour of Poland. The Belgian even speaks of legal action.
"This was an assassination attempt by Groenewegen. I take him to court," a seething Lefevere told De Telegraaf on Wednesday after the violent crash, which was caused by Groenewegen.
The rider of Jumbo-Visma deviated from his line, which led to the approaching Jakobsen coming into direct contact with the crush barriers. The Deceuninck-Quick-Step sprinter is currently being kept in an artificial coma. His situation is serious, but stable.
"I've never been so angry," said Lefevere, 65. "What Groenewegen does is criminal. Those are deliberate blows and injuries. You don't. I have never seen such a dirty action."
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'Groenewegen did it consciously'
According to Lefevere, Groenewegen's action was "completely unnecessary". "For God's sake it is about a ride in the Tour of Poland. And he does it consciously. Look at the images and you see how Groenewegen looks twice in the direction of Jacobsen. And then he does something like that. Unforgivable", he said.
"I don't understand this at all. Do you remember how Peter Sagan was disqualified from the Tour a few years ago when he dropped Mark Cavendish? This is a hundred times worse."
Groenewegen was disqualified from the Tour of Poland for the opening stage. It is still unclear whether the 27-year-old sprinter can stay in track and what the further consequences will be for him.
See also: Press conference at Jakobsen hospital at 08:00