Dylan Groenewegen faces a serious penalty for causing Fabio Jakobsen’s crash in the Tour of Poland. The international cycling union UCI has submitted the action of the Jumbo-Visma rider to the disciplinary committee.
Groenewegen deviated from his line in the mass sprint of the first stage on Wednesday, as a result of which fellow countryman Jakobsen flew into the crush barriers and was seriously injured. The Deceuninck-Quick-Step rider is in mortal danger according to the doctor in the Tour of Poland.
“We condemn Groenewegen’s dangerous behavior. He has been disqualified and we have brought the case before the disciplinary committee, which will impose sanctions commensurate with the seriousness of its actions,” the UCI said in a statement.
Jumbo-Visma apologizes for the action of 27-year-old Groenewegen, who also fell. “Our thoughts go out to Fabio Jakobsen and the other people involved in this terrible crash,” the team wrote in a short statement Twitter.
“It should never happen. We apologize and we will discuss internally what exactly happened before we come up with a new statement.”
Groenewegen was the first to cross the finish line in the first stage in Katowice, but the organization decided to disqualify him an hour after the end of the race and declare Jakobsen the winner.
Pictures of bizarre crash with Groenewegen and Jakobsen