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Dutch cyclist Dylan Groenewegen banned for nine months

Phil Egan
Phil Egan

12:13 11 Nov 2020

Dutch cyclist Dylan Groenewegen has been banned for nine months for causing the crash that left Fabio Jakobsen in a coma on the Tour of Poland.

The Jumbo-Visma cyclist deviated from his line before he and fellow Dutchman Jakobsen collided near the finish line of stage one in early August.

The collision sent Jakobsen into the barriers and resulted in the 24-year-old suffering concussion and several broken bones before being placed in a medically-induced coma.

The Deceuninck-QuickStep rider had two operations to reconstruct his face and fix his shattered jaw but is believed to be recovering well.

A statement from the UCI read: "The UCI announces that its Disciplinary Commission has rendered its decision in relation to the incident involving the Jumbo-Visma rider Dylan Groenewegen at the first stage of the Tour de Pologne on 5 August 2020.

"The UCI referred the case against the rider, who acknowledged that he deviated from his line and committed a violation of the UCI Regulations.

"The rider collaborated with the investigation and accepted to serve a period of suspension until 7 May 2021, corresponding to a period of 9 months from the date of the incident.

"The rider also accepted to take part in a number of events to the benefit of the cycling community.

"The UCI emphasises the importance of acting on any such incidents from a disciplinary point of view in a fair and consistent manner as well as continuously working on measures aimed at improving road safety."

Groenewegen posted this message on his Twitter account:

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