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He will not be able to compete until May 7, 2021, according to the International Cycling Union (UCI).

The International Cycling Union (UCI) announced on Wednesday the suspension of Dylan Groenewegen for nine months for the accident he caused on August 5 in the first stage of the Tour of Poland.

The organization communicated its decision to suspend the Dutch cyclist until May 7, 2021, who “acknowledged that he deviated from his line and committed a rule violation“, as reported by the UCI.

For his part, Groenewegen assisted with the investigation and agreed to serve a nine-month suspension period from the date of the incident. “The cyclist also agreed to participate in a series of events for the benefit of the cycling community,” explained the UCI.

In the statement, the body that governs professional cycling emphasized “the importance of acting in 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.”

Dylan Groenewegen was responsible for the serious accident that occurred in the first stage of the Tour of Poland, in which Fabio Jakobsen ended up brutally hitting a fence.

“That accident will forever be a black page in my career. During the sprint I deviated from my line. I’m sorry, because I want to be a fair sprinter. The consequences were very regrettable and serious. I am well aware of it and I hope this will be been a wise lesson for all sprinters, “said Dylan Groenewegen in a statement provided by his team.

He added: “I can only hope that one day he will come back fully. Closing the disciplinary matter creates clarity. That gives me the opportunity to look forward again. I am happy about that, although May 7 is still far away. I am happy with the support I receive from the Jumbo-Visma team, my family and friends. Together we will work for that day both mentally and physically, “he said.

For his part, the team director, Richard Plugge, accepted that in the accident “the severity of the consequences was unfathomable”.

“Now that the disciplinary case is over, we can begin to look forward again. We will do so alongside Dylan. We are relieved that there is now perspective and clarity. We wish Fabio Jakobsen the same. The encouraging reports on his recovery do us good.” Plugge said.

With information from EFE.

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