The Dutch champion made a horror crash on Wednesday 5 August at the hands of Dylan Groenewegen during the first stage of the Tour of Poland. Jakobsen was operated on urgently and kept in an artificial coma for two days.
The condition of the 25-year-old sprinter has now evolved to such an extent that he will take a medical flight from Poland to the Netherlands tomorrow. “A week ago we thought he would die,” said team manager Patrick Lefevere at the RTBF. “It is fantastic news that he can return to the Netherlands to be closer to his family.”
In his home country, a medical team will monitor Jakobsen’s rehabilitation. “His condition is evolving favorably,” said Deceuninck – Quick-Step in a statement. ‘He will be transferred to the hospital in Leiden on Wednesday, where he will be followed up further.’
“It will be a long and hard rehabilitation,” said Deceuninck – Quick-Step last week. The Dutchman suffered no brain or spinal damage, but he broke all the bones in his face and lost all teeth.