PARIS (AFP) – Dutch cyclist Dylan Groenewegen has been suspended for nine months for causing a crash at the Tour of Poland that left compatriot Fabio Jakobsen in a coma, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said yesterday.
Groenewegen, 27, “collaborated with the investigation and accepted to serve a period of suspension until May 7, 2021,” the UCI said in a statement. He has not ridden since the accident in early August.
Jakobsen spent two days in a coma and required facial reconstruction surgery after he was thrown into and over barriers at the finish of the opening stage of the race in Katowice.
The 24-year-old was racing elbow-to-elbow with Groenewegen at 80km/h before the latter veered suddenly to the right, squeezing his rival of Deceuninck-Quick Step into the security wall.
Jakobsen somersaulted over the barriers before colliding with a race official. Groenewegen went on to win the stage but was later disqualified with Jakobsen declared the winner.
Jakobsen was left fighting for his life and underwent a five-hour operation immediately after the accident after sustaining severe injuries to the face.