Tour of Poland : a victim dune fall, Jakobsen has been placed in a coma - The Point

The pictures are awesome. The cyclist Dutch Fabio Jakobsen, 23 years old, was the victim of a violent fall, Wednesday, August 5, on the finish line of the first

Tour of Poland : a victim dune fall, Jakobsen has been placed in a coma - The Point

The pictures are awesome. The cyclist Dutch Fabio Jakobsen, 23 years old, was the victim of a violent fall, Wednesday, August 5, on the finish line of the first stage of the Tour of Poland, in Katowice, in the south of the country. The champion is involved in a collision with the barriers at the side, and flying through the air. According to doctors, her condition stabilized and he was placed in a coma. "The biker has multiple injuries to the head and chest," said Pawel Gruenpeter, neurologist of the hospital in Sosnowiec (South) which has been transported the rider.

" He will be hospitalized in an intensive care unit and will undergo surgery cranio-facial. The intervention of specialists in surgery, jaw and plastic will be necessary. The time of the operation will depend on the state of health of the patient, " he added to the tv TVP Sport. After the crash, doctors feared for the life of the young Dutchman, one of the stars of the sprint, taking the view that his prognosis was engaged.

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Groenewegen has embarrassed Jakobsen

Jakobsen has been slowed down just before the line by his fellow countryman Dylan Groenewegen in a sprint at full speed, in the false flat down, and has been projected above the barriers. "He has lost a lot of blood, but we were able to intubate her, his airways were free. He was given oxygen, all necessary medications. The heart was working well. It does no injury to the rib cage, this is especially the skull and the brain, " explained Barbara Jerschina, doctor of the race for the Polish television Polsat Sport.

Groenewegen, the first to have crossed the line, was disqualified by the jury commissioners. The international cycling Union (UCI) has condemned "strongly the dangerous behaviour" of Groenewegen as it has deemed "unacceptable" and said, seize the disciplinary commission " to apply sanctions to the extent of the seriousness of the facts ". A few meters before the arrival, Groenewegen was deported on the right, and embarrassed with his elbow Jakobsen, who flew into the barriers and made a " sun ". He was hit head-on by a judge of the race, which was in the height of the line, behind a barrier.

The barriers are then dropped on the floor, causing other falls, including those of Groenewegen and French Marc Sarreau who suffers, according to his Groupama sailing team-FDJ, a big trauma to the shoulder and ruptures of the ligament multiple. Sarreau, second step, is plan for the next step. The collapse comes a year to the day after the death of the hope belgian Bjorg Lambrecht (22 years), died after falling and hitting a concrete structure on the same Tour of Poland.

Jakobsen, declared the winner of the stage

According to the official results published on the website of the race, Jakobsen has been declared the winner of this stage, 198 kilometers after the disqualification of Groenewegen. "I'm going to the court. This kind of action should disappear from the cycling. It is a criminal fact, " responded in a tweet by Patrick Lefevere, the team boss Deceuninck. The team Groenewegen, Jumbo, presented, for his part, his "sincere apologies" for the gesture of his rider.

" The cyclists have not raced for a few months and no longer have the habit. And where, unfortunately, a result so tragic ", said the organizer of the race, Czeslaw Lang. At 23 years, Jakobsen has ten-eight victories to his palmarès, including three acquired in the beginning of the year in front of the references in the discipline. In front of Groenewegen in the fifth stage of the Tour of Valencia, ahead of Italian Elia Viviani in the first stage of the Tour of Algarve.

But this is the last year during the Vuelta, as the Dutch has really made a name. For his first grand tour, he won two stages, including the final in Madrid, each time in front of the Irish Sam Bennett. Professional past 2018 in the team Quick-Step's Patrick Lefevere, Jakobsen has taken in the last year, in June, the tricolour jersey of champion of the netherlands. He won the sprint before to participate for the first time at the Tour of Poland, in which he had taken the third place in the opening stage.

Updated Date: 06 August 2020, 04:33

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