Team doctor Yvan Vanmol of Deceuninck-Quick-Step is hopeful that Fabio Jakobsen, who fell hard on Wednesday, can continue his career as a professional cyclist.

"Since no vital organs have been hit, we hope for the best. We assume that Fabio will be a rider again", Vanmol told Sporza on Sunday . "I don't dare to put a term on it."

23-year-old Jakobsen came into hard contact with the crush barriers after he was cornered by Dylan Groenewegen during the final sprint of the first stage of the Tour of Poland.

The Dutch champion was kept in a coma for two days. He has a lot of injuries in his face, with several fractures. He also has a crushed palate and a crushed windpipe, but the sprinter has no brain damage.

"Given the seriousness of the accident, he is doing very well," said Vanmol. "He's fully conscious. We can't talk yet, but communicating via text messages is fine."

"At the end of next week he will be ready to be transferred to the Netherlands, I think. What we are still concerned about is the aesthetic damage and possibly the muscle group around his mouth."

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