The sprinter from Deceuninck – Quick-Step made a horrible fall in the last meters of the first stage of the Tour of Poland on 5 August. Countryman Dylan Groenewegen gave him a push, causing Jakobsen to drive into the gates at more than 80 kilometers per hour.
130 stitches in the face
He was seriously injured and underwent a five-hour operation. His face was the worst. He got 130 stitches in his face, was left with one tooth and pieces of bone from his jaw broke off. Team manager Patrick Lefevere even feared for his life for a while.
Jakobsen will have bone transplanted from his pelvic crest into his lower and upper jaw on October 8. Months later, new teeth will be implanted there, the sprinter writes on Twitter.
“I would like to thank the doctors and nurses at the LUMC in Leiden for their good care in recent months. I will undergo a second operation to reconstruct my face and mouth on 8 October. This will be done at the Radboud UMC in Nijmegen,” Jakobsen shares.
Recovering from concussion
Jakobsen’s health has gradually improved in recent months, he reports. “I first had to recover from my concussion and other injuries. The wounds and scars on my face are healing well, now is the time for the next step. Bone from the pelvic crest is transferred to my jaw, because I miss a lot of bone there.”
That bone takes several months to set in the jaw, he says. “Then there will be another operation and I will get implants in my jaw, so that new teeth can be placed. I lost my old teeth because of the fall.” It is still unclear when the rider will return to the peloton.
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