Patrick Lefevere, Deceuninck–Quick-Step team manager, is optimistic about the recovery of his rider Fabio Jakobsen and expects him to make a comeback in March next year.
Jakobsen crashed in the first stage of the Tour of Poland in a sprint duel with Dylan Groenewegen. He was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.
“I will remember the phone call from team doctor Yvan Vanmol until my death. He was in Poland, he cried and told me Fabio was going to die”, Lefevere said in an interview with the Walloon newspaper La Capitale.
In the crash, Jakobsen suffered a serious concussion and injuries to his face. After a few days of an artificial coma, the Dutchman was able to breathe independently. He has been back in his home country for several weeks to continue his recovery.
Lefevere is now looking forward again and is optimistic about his fast man. “I am convinced that he will put on a shirt number again around March.”