Sporting director Merijn Zeeman of Jumbo-Visma has also taken the terrible fall of Fabio Jakobsen two weeks ago at the hands of 'his' leader Dylan Groenewegen in the Tour of Poland.
Jakobsen ended up at the finish of the opening stage due to a move by Groenewegen in the crush barriers and suffered serious injuries. The Deceuninck-Quick-Step rider fought for his life in a Polish hospital, but it is now clear that he can fully recover.
"The finish was of course somewhat downhill and the crush barriers were not proper. I also did not call Dylan the day before and said: Listen, let this sprint run for a while, it is too dangerous", Zeeman told Bureau Sport on Tuesday .
"I pumped him up in corona time with everything I had in me towards that day. I kept telling him that he should show it there again. In that respect, I also have a share in the fact that he wanted nothing more than there. "I think it's hypocritical to be mad at him. I did tell him he made a mistake."
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'Dylan has been in contact with Fabio's family'
Groenewegen was quite upset by the events in Poland. He announced that he did not want to touch his bike for the time being, although he probably also expects a considerable suspension. The UCI has opened an investigation into Groenewegen, which has been put on hold by Jumbo-Visma until the case is closed.
"Dylan has been in contact with Fabio's family, but Fabio himself is not yet. Hopefully it will soon. Ultimately, it is about Fabio's recovery and where his needs lie. That is leading in this whole. Dylan has indicated that he will do it. thinks what happened is terrible. He will also need time to come to terms with this, "said Zeeman.
"Dylan has received a lot of support from the peloton. Of course everyone says that he should have done it differently, but everything he and his girlfriend got over them came from the outside world, and especially social media. Un-nuanced and outrageous. "
Spectator records Jakobsen's serious crash