Condition cyclist Jakobsen serious but stable after five hours of operation | NOW


Cyclist Fabio Jakobsen is still in a serious but stable condition after his violent crash with Dylan Groenewegen in the Tour of Poland, the hospital in Sosnowiec, Poland, said on Thursday morning.

On Wednesday, Jakobsen contracted a shattered palate and a crushed trachea and was immediately transported to the hospital, where he successfully underwent five-hour surgery on the night from Wednesday to Thursday.

According to the doctors, as Jacob’s team Deceuninck-Quick-Step previously reported, there is no brain injury. The sprinter’s spine also appears unaffected. He does have trouble breathing because of an injury to his chest.

23-year-old Jakobsen is still kept in an artificial coma. Later on Thursday an attempt may be made to wake him up from that. A new update about his situation will follow around 2 p.m.

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Groenewegen cornered Jakobsen

Jakobsen slammed hard against the crush barriers in the final sprint of the first stage on Wednesday after contact with Groenewegen, who broke off his line in the sprint and put his fellow countryman under pressure.

Groenewegen was disqualified for the first stage following the incident. It is still unclear whether the Jumbo-Visma sprinter may continue the Tour of Poland and what the further sanctions are.

Jakobsen is the reigning Dutch road champion since he took the national title in Ede last year. He also sprinted to two stage victories in the Vuelta a España in 2019.


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