UCI on Tour de Pologne crash: Dylan Groenewegen's behaviour is unacceptable

Ross Houston
August 6, 2020

Jumbo-Visma sprinter Groenewegen, who was named as the stage victor before being disqualified, and several other riders also fell after crossing the line.

Many current and former riders also condemned the sprint course.

Officials are yet to declare a victor of the 195.8km stage as Groenewegen had crossed the line first before his disqualification.

The podium ceremony was cancelled and the stage results have not been released.

Jakobsen was taken to hospital by air ambulance and clearly his situation is critical.

"Our thoughts go out to Fabio Jakobsen and other people involved in today's bad crash in the Tour of Poland".

An update after today.

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"Groenewegen was disqualified from the race by the commissaires" panel.

"The UCI, which considers the behavior unacceptable, immediately referred the matter to the Disciplinary Commission to request the imposition of sanctions commensurate with the seriousness of the facts".

"Our Federation is wholeheartedly with the affected riders".

The race doctor told Polish broadcaster Polsat: "It is a severe head and brain trauma". DQS announced the Jakobsen is being tended to by the medical staff, we are awaiting further information about his recovery.

"The biggest problems were with intubation, a huge trauma to the palate, heavy bleeding".

Jakobsen's team, Deceuninck-Quick Step, put out a statement later describing his condition as serious but stable.

Jumbo-Visma said: "Our thoughts go out to Fabio Jakobsen and other people involved in today's awful crash in the Tour of Poland - crashes like these should not happen".

That moment caused Jakobsen to vault into the barriers and cause havoc amid a domino-like pile-up that saw multiple riders hit the asphalt as they crossed the line.

Four other riders were injured in the crash, but Jakobsen has come off the worst and is in a medically induced coma.

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