The announced return of Dylan Groenewegen in the cycling peloton has been positively received by his colleagues.

Jumbo-Visma announced on Tuesday that the sprinter will make his comeback in the Giro d'Italia in a week and a half after his suspension.

"I have received a lot of reactions from the peloton, from climbers to sprinters. Everyone is happy that I am back", Groenewegen told a press moment on Tuesday.

Groenewegen was suspended by the UCI for nine months for causing a crash in the Tour of Poland, in which Fabio Jakobsen was seriously injured.

Initially, Groenewegen intended to return to the shelter with a few small races.

The Tour of Hungary would be his first appearance in mid-May.

On Tuesday, however, it was announced that the 27-year-old Amsterdammer will start in the Giro.

"The positive reactions from other riders have really done me very well", said Groenewegen.

Dylan Groenewegen spoke to journalists on Tuesday about his return.

Dylan Groenewegen spoke to journalists on Tuesday about his return.

Photo: Bram Berkien

Groenewegen had a good conversation with Jakobsen

The sprinter has slowly but surely climbed out of a deep valley after his crash.

The return that Jakobsen made earlier this month in the Tour of Turkey did him tremendously well.

"I saw him again for the first time shortly before Fabio left for Turkey," said Groenewegen.

"That was somewhere in a room in Amsterdam. We were able to look each other straight in the eye and vent our hearts. I prefer to keep between Fabio and me exactly what was said, but in any case it was a very good conversation."

At home in front of the TV, Groenewegen became emotional from the images of the return of Jakobsen.

"It was really nice to see him sitting there with a smile on his bike and waving at the camera. A few months ago, no one could have imagined that he would ever cycle again. Luckily he can do what he likes best again. . "

Tests by Jumbo-Visma showed that Dylan Groenewegen is physically at a good level again.

Tests by Jumbo-Visma showed that Dylan Groenewegen is physically at a good level again.

Photo: Bram Berkien

'Thought to quit'

The same also applies to Groenewegen from 8 May, when the Giro starts with a time trial in Turin.

"I thought about quitting. Fabio had to recover physically, I had to recover mentally."

The first days he thought non-stop about the accident.

He received death threats and home police surveillance.

Partly through conversations with a psychologist, Groenewegen was increasingly able to give it a place.

"It will be something that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Of course I will have to wait and see how I will be welcomed in the Giro. But it will not get worse than what I have experienced in recent months. Some may be there. We will notice that it is difficult to see me cycling again. In any case, I am going to Italy with a lot of motivation. "

Tests by Jumbo-Visma showed that Groenewegen is physically ready. He will have to get used to what it is like to ride in a full peloton again. "The second stage is a sprinter stage", he looked ahead. "If I feel good during the race, then I will go for it 100 percent."