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Fabio Jakobsen in 'serious but stable condition' after Tour of Poland horror crash

Joe Robinson
6 Aug 2020

The Dutchman was placed into a medically-induced coma following the collision

Deceuninck-QuickStep sprinter Fabio Jakobsen is in a 'serious but stable' condition after a horror crash during the opening stage of the Tour of Poland.

The 23-year-old crashed after colliding with Jumbo-Visma's Dylan Groenewegen in the downhill sprint finish into Katowice. 

After Groenewegen appeared to deviate from his line, Jakobsen hit the barriers before also colliding with an official on the finish line.

Jakobsen, who is current Dutch National Champion, was then rushed to a nearby hospital where he was put into a medically induced coma and operated on last night, according to local press reports.

A press release from the Deceuninck-QuickStep further explained Jakobsen's condition on Wednesday night, stating that tests did not reveal 'brain or spinal injury'.

'Fabio Jakobsen’s situation is serious but at the moment he is stable. Diagnostic test didn’t reveal brain or spinal injury, but because of the gravity of his multiple injuries he is still kept in a comatose condition and has to remain closely monitored in the following days at the Wojewódzki Szpital in Katowice,' read the statement.

'Further information will be made available in the course of the coming hours. Meanwhile, we would like to thank you for your heartwarming support.'

Last night, deputy director of the Wojewódzki hospital Pawel Gruenpeter gave an update on the situation on Polish television, further explaining the injuries.

'The patient was admitted in a serious condition and was placed in an induced coma. We firstly stabilised his cardiovascular and respiratory systems and then conducted radiological diagnosis, which revealed injuries to multiple organs: head and chest,' said Gruenpeter.

'Tomorrow, he will most likely undergo a series of surgeries on the facial part of the cranium, which will require doctors specialising in oral and maxillofacial surgeries as well as in plastic surgeries.

'The time of these procedures will depend on his overall state. He is a young guy, we are expecting him to systematically get better. It is optimistic that apart from the trauma to face and skull, we didn’t detect any injuries to the spinal cord in our radiological diagnosis.

'The medicines he is being given do not allow for a full diagnosis but are necessary to keep his central nervous system in the right condition. I think that tomorrow morning, if all goes well, we will have more answers,' Gruenpeter added.

The race official that Jakobsen collided with was also airlifted to hospital, yet race director Czeslaw Lang confirmed that while he had suffered a head injury, he had regained consciousness and was in a stable condition.

Further, Groupama-FDJ's Marc Sarreau and Cofidis's Damien Touze were also hospitalised after the crash but with less severe injuries.

The UCI's statement on Groenewegen

Following the crash, the UCI also released a statement regarding Groenewegen's involvement in the crash. The sprinter was immediately disqualified from the race and fined 500CH for deviating from his line.

After strongly condemning Groenewegen's actions, a statement added, 'The UCI, which considers the behaviour unacceptable, immediately referred the matter to the disciplinary commission to request the imposition of sanctions commensurate with the seriousness of the facts.'

However, the UCI, the race organiser and CPA riders' union have all come under fire for the safety of the sprint finish into Katowice with questions raised over the safety barriers in use.

CCC rider Simon Geschke tweeted: 'Every year the same silly downhill sprint in the @Tour_de_Pologne. Every year I ask myself why the organisation thinks it‘s a good idea. Bunch sprints are dangerous enough, you don’t need a downhill finish with 80kmh!'

Cyclist wishes Fabio Jakobsen and the others injured a full and speedy recovery.

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