Joe Robinson

25 Nov 2020

Almost four months on from his crash at the Tour of Poland, Dutch sprinter returns to doing what he does best

In these days of continuously challenging news, here is something that should make you smile. Yesterday afternoon, Fabio Jakobsen was back on his bike for the first time since his horror crash at the Tour of Poland in August.

The Deceuninck-QuickStep rider posted a photo of himself and partner Delores Tougje on Twitter out riding near his home in the Netherlands on Tuesday afternoon.

Jakobsen accompanied the image with the caption ‘Back on the bike together with @delorestougje on our new @iamspecialized Tarmac SL7. It has been quite a journey so far. With this post I would like to thank all the medical specialists that have helped me a long the way.’

This was the first time the 24-year-old sprinter had been back on his bike since suffering his horror crash on Stage 1 of the Tour of Poland on the 6th August.

Jakobsen suffered a series of serious injuries after being forced into the barriers by fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) on the downhill sprint finish into Katowice.

Jakobsen spent two days in a coma and required multiple surgeries for extensive broken bones in his face and jaw after the incident left him with just one tooth.

He was eventually transferred back to the Netherlands where he has been undergoing physiotherapy and will continue with further surgery in early 2021.

Meanwhile, Groenewegen is currently serving a nine-month ban after the UCI decided ‘he deviated from his line and committed a violation of the UCI Regulations’. The Jumbo-Visma man called the incident a ‘black page in my career’.

As yet, no investigations into the safety of the finishing straight of Stage 1 into Katowice have been opened and the UCI is yet to comment on calls that the incident could have been avoided had the stage been designed better.

Source: Cycling – Cyclist