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Dylan Groenewegen handed nine-month suspension for Tour of Poland crash

Joe Robinson
11 Nov 2020

Dutch sprinter accepts sanction after collaborating with UCI on the investigation

Jumbo-Visma sprinter Dylan Groenewegen has been handed a nine-month suspension for his involvement in the finish line crash on Stage 1 of the Tour of Poland that left Deceuninck-QuickStep's Fabio Jakobsen hospitalised.

The UCI confirmed on Wednesday morning that Groenewegen had 'acknowledged that he deviated from his line and committed a violation of the UCI Regulations.' It added that the Dutchman had collaborated with the investigation 'and accepted to serve a period of suspension until 7th May 2021, corresponding to a period of nine months from the date of the incident.'

Furthermore, it was stated that Groenewegen had accepted to 'take part in a number of events to the benefit of the cycling community'.

Groenewegen's suspension comes as a consequence of a high-speed crash on Stage 1 of this year's Tour of Poland on 5th August. Groenewegen's deviation of sprinting line saw compatriot Jakobsen crash, causing serious injury. Following the crash, Jakobsen was placed in a medically-induced coma, undergoing five hours of surgery to repair his jaw and palate after losing all but one tooth.

On 2nd November, the 24-year-old provided an update to his injuries stating that the transplanted bone in his jaw was growing well and that after a few more weeks of recovery for his pelvic crest he should be able to return to riding his bike.

As for Groenewegen, he also released a remorseful comment on the suspension via his team expressing his regret for the accident and accepting the sanction.

'The crash in the first stage of the Tour of Poland will forever be a black page in my career. During the sprint, I deviated from my line. I am sorry, because I want to be a fair sprinter. The consequences were very unfortunate and serious,' said Groenewegen.

'I am very 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 return completely. Closing the disciplinary matter creates clarity. That gives me the opportunity to look ahead again. I am happy about that, even though 7th May is still far away.

'I am happy with the support I get from Team Jumbo-Visma, my family and friends. Together we will work towards that day both mentally and physically.'