Groenewegen suspension ‘big blow’: ‘A lot has changed in his life’


At Jumbo-Visma, people will have to swallow if Dylan Groenewegen does indeed receive a nine-month suspension from the UCI, for the crash of Fabio Jakobsen in the Tour of Poland. Sports director Merijn Zeeman explains this The Telegraph. ‘Hopefully he can process everything, because the moment in Poland has changed a lot in his life. ‘

‘If that’s true, it will be quite a blow. We have had to miss Dylan, one of our leaders, for almost the entire 2020 season. I hope that we will soon get clarity, because the UCI has been silent about this matter for a long time, ‘says Zeeman, who mainly hopes that all parties will end up well. “The point is that Fabio has fully recovered, that Dylan can give it a place, turn the page and look freely to the future again. Because it should be clear: it is a very tough time for everyone. ‘

Zeeman: ‘The best moment would be if there is another sprint duel’

Zeeman says that Groenewegen is training again and cycling is following on television. However, he also realizes that it will be difficult for Groenewegen to return to the peloton. Nine months is a long period and the gaze will be extra focused on the Dutchman ‘The moment there is clarity about the punishment, a page can really be turned. Then a process begins until the moment he registers a number again. ‘

“For me, the best moment would be when there is another sprint duel between Fabio and Dylan,” says Zeeman. ‘Something very bad has happened, with two very big losers, but I hope that both can continue their careers at a high level. That would be the most wonderful scenario. ‘ (photo: Sirotti)


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