Dylan Groenewegen facing nine months suspension

Dylan Groenewegen wins stage 1 Paris Nice 2019

Dylan Greoenwegen is facing a nine-month ban following his crash with Fabio Jakobsen at the Tour of Poland, which left Fabio Jakobsen seriously injured.

Dutch media reports that UCI is set to announce a punishment for Groenewegen following a decision from an independent arbitration committee that recommended a suspension of nine months, backdated to August.

In this case, the Dutch sprinter will not be able to race again until May 6, 2021, two days before the start of the Giro d’Italia.

“He is doing okay under the circumstances. It has had a huge impact on him, but he is recovering. He trains well,” Jumbo-Visma sports director Merijn Zeeman told NOS.

Fabio Jakobsen was jostling for position with Groenewegen in the final metres of the opening stage in Poland, but the pair came together and Jakobsen crashed into the barriers and collided with a race official.

The Deceuninck-Quick-Step rider was rushed to hospital following the crash and placed in a medically induced coma. He recently posted on social media that he hopes to return to training on a bike soon but is set to undergo more surgery in 2021.


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