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Cookson calls for cycling to 'take a hard look' at itself after Jakobsen crash

Former head of British Cycling and past president of the UCI suggests Groenewegen wasn't solely to blame for Jakobsen crash

Brian Cookson, former president of the UCI and a former head of British Cycling, has highlighted problems beyond the actions of Dylan Groenewegen which contributed to the severity of Fabio Jakobsen's crash at the end of Stage 1 of the Tour of Poland.

Speaking to Sky News, Cookson, who was succeeded as UCI head by David Lappartient in 2017, said, 'Everyone concerned has got to take a hard look at themselves. From the UCI, to the riders, to the race organisers. I'm as terrified as anyone else watching that crash, it was really horrendous.'

Groenewegen's deviation across Jakobsen's line as the pair approached the finish line at high speed in Poland may have been the cause of the crash but there are many other factors that led to the situation arising in the first place and the seriousness of its outcome.

'It was clearly a very dangerous manoeuvre by Groenewegen and then obviously something has gone amiss with the barriers,' Cookson said.

'We need to find out what went wrong with the barriers and also not have those downhill finishes anymore and the riders have to take care of each other a bit more.

'Circumstances change and technology has made bikes a lot faster. I don't think you'd find many people saying downhill finishes are a good idea,' he added.

Groenewegen tweeted a statement about the incident saying, 'I think it’s awful what happened yesterday. I can’t find the words to describe how terrible I feel for Fabio and others who fell or were struck. At the moment, the most important thing is Fabio’s health, I think about him constantly.'

Jakobsen was put in a medically induced coma after undergoing overnight surgery following the crash, with updates expected from his team soon.

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