World champion Mads Pedersen has dedicated his stage victory of Thursday in the Tour of Poland to Fabio Jakobsen. The Dane was the strongest in the mass sprint at the end of the second stage, this time without incident.
Pedersen trumped Pascal Ackermann, Davide Ballerini, Rudy Barbier and Alberto Dainese, among others. It was a day after the terrible crash between Dylan Groenewegen and Jakobsen, who is in a hospital coma.
"This victory is real for Fabio. I hope he will recover quickly and that he will be able to resume his life and cycling soon," said Pedersen, 24, after his victory on behalf of Trek-Segafredo in Zabrze.
"What happened on Wednesday, you don't want anyone to have. It has an impact on the whole peloton, but we have to keep racing and do our best. I hope the best for Fabio."
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"Everyone is shocked by the crash"
The Belgian Jasper Philipsen of UAE Team Emirates, who is the leader of the sprint classification despite an eighth place in the sprint, also noticed that the crash of Groenewegen and Jakobsen had an impact on the peloton.
"Everyone is shocked," he said. "The stage started pretty quiet today, I think it had to do with everyone thinking about it and can't imagine anything like that happened."
The doctors at the Sosnowiec hospital are going to try Friday afternoon to awaken Jakobsen, who underwent a five-hour surgery on Wednesday night on Thursday, from his coma.
Meanwhile, the Tour of Poland continues on Friday with a mountain stage. The WorldTour course lasts through Sunday.
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