Groenewegen gets nine-month ban for crash which left Jakobsen in coma


utch cyclist Dylan Groenewegen has been banned for nine months for his role in the crash which left a fellow rider in a coma.

Groenewegen was found guilty of causing the crash when he deviated from his racing line at the Tour of Poland on August 5, sending Fabio Jakobsen into the barriers in the process.

The impact was so hard, he lost most of his teeth in the accident, which sent the barriers flying into the path of the rest of the peloton.

Groenewegen was immediately thrown out of the race and on Wednesday was handed a nine-month racing ban, which was backdated and will reach its conclusion on May 7 next year.

The 27-year-old said: “The crash in the first stage of the Tour of Poland will forever be a black page in my career.

“The consequences were very unfortunate and serious. I am well aware of that and I hope this has been a wise lesson for every sprinter.

“I follow the news of Fabio’s recovery very closely. I can only hope that one day he will completely return. Closing the disciplinary matter creates clarity. That gives me the opportunity to look ahead again.”

In a statement, the UCI said: “Groenewegen collaborated with the investigation and accepted to serve a period of suspension until May 7, 2021, corresponding to a period of nine months from the date of the incident.”

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