Sports director Patrick Lefevere of Deceuninck-Quick-Step on Friday partly returned to his hard statements about Dylan Groenewegen, who was responsible for the hard fall of Fabio Jakobsen in the Tour of Poland last week.
Lefevere tweeted after the terrible crash at the finish of the first stage that Groenewegen has to go to prison for his action, in which he directed Jakobsen into the crush barriers. The next day, Lefevere promised in De Telegraaf to take the Jumbo-Visma rider "to court for his assassination attempt".
23-year-old Jakobsen was in mortal danger due to his many injuries and was kept in a coma in a Polish hospital for two days, but he has been back in the Netherlands since Wednesday and it is expected that he can make a full recovery. Now that things have calmed down, Lefevere returns partly to his words.
"I am not inhuman and I realize that Groenewegen is also very upset. He did not want Fabio's serious crash. But that does not mean that he made a mistake and that he has to bear the consequences," Lefevere writes. his column in Het Nieuwsblad .
"I take back that they have to throw him in prison, that was the emotion of the moment. But we are continuing our lawsuit against him. We know what steps to take and we have also hired a Polish lawyer."
Groenewegen already showed himself to be guilty in an emotional interview with the NOS last week . "It would be easy if I could reverse it, but I just made a mistake by deviating from my line. I shouldn't think about getting on the bike for the next few months."