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Dylan Groenewegen required police protection after death threats

Joe Robinson
26 Jan 2021

Dutch sprinter received a noose through the post after role in Jakobsen's Tour of Poland crash

Jumbo-Visma sprinter Dylan Groenewegen received death threats in the wake of the Tour of Poland crash that led to fellow Dutchman Fabio Jakobsen suffering life-threatening injuries.

Groenewegen revealed in an interview with Helden Magazine via Wielerflits that threats after the incident became so serious that Dutch police were deployed to his home for protection.

'There were such concrete and serious threats that we called in the police a few days after the crash,' Groenewegen told Helden Magazine.

'The following days and weeks the police guarded our door. We could no longer spontaneously leave the house. If I wanted to go outside for a moment, there was an officer by my side so that nothing could happen.'

The 27-year-old also revealed that things got so bad that one individual even posted a noose with a handwritten message telling him to use it on his future child, the final threat that forced Groenewegen to involve the local police.  

Threats of violence were sent to the Jumbo-Visma rider after his involvement in the Stage 1 crash of last year's Tour of Poland. The high-speed incident saw Deceuninck-QuickStep's Jakobsen spend two days in a coma and receive multiple surgeries for injuries sustained to his face and jaw.

Jakobsen is still on the road to recovery after the injury but is already back on his bike having recently attended a team training camp in Altea, Spain.

As for Groenewegen, he is still dealing with the emotional trauma caused by the death threats, also revealing to Helden Magazine that he was living in fear for a period of time after receiving the noose through the post.

'Of course that affects you. What happened here? How is this possible? What sick world do we live in? The most crazy things go through your head. Getting out of bed in the morning was quite a challenge in that period,' confessed Groenewegen. 

'In the beginning, you really have a shock in your body. We have an alarm on our house and it went off exactly during that period. Then you start thinking about the craziest things. We have also had a false alarm a few times, then you get scared.'

Both Groenewegen and Jakobsen will, thankfully, return to the professional peloton in 2021, however a specific date for either is yet to really be confirmed.

Deceuninck-QuickStep are hopeful Jakobsen could be racing again by this August although he is personally aiming for a quicker return.

Groenewegen will also return to the peloton but not before 7th May after the UCI handed the sprinter a nine-month suspension for the crash in Poland.