The International Cycling Union (UCI) announced this Wednesday the suspension for nine months of the Dutch Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) for the accident that he caused on August 5 in the first stage of the Tour of Poland of which Fabio Jakobsen was injured.
The agency announced on Wednesday its decision to suspend the Dutch cyclist until May 7, 2021, who “He acknowledged that he deviated from his line and committed an infraction of the regulation”, reported the UCI.
Groenewegen collaborated with the investigation and agreed to serve a nine-month suspension period from the date of the incident, for which it will be extended until May 7, 2021.
“The cyclist also accepted participate in a series of events to benefit the cycling community“explained the UCI.
In the statement, the body that governs professional cycling also emphasized “the importance of acting on such incidents from a disciplinary point of view fairly and consistently, as well as continuously working on measures aimed at improving road safety. “
Dylan Groenewegen was responsible for the serious accident that occurred on the first stage of the Tour of Poland, in which Fabio Jakobsen ended up brutally hitting a fence.
“A black page in my career”
“That accident will forever be a black page in my career. During the sprint I deviated from my line. Sorry, because I want to be a fair sprinter. The consequences were very regrettable and serious. I am well aware of this and I hope this has been a wise lesson for all sprinters, “said Dylan Groenewegen in a statement provided by his team.
In it, the Dutch cyclist assured that he follows “the news of Fabio’s recovery very closely”.
“I can only hope that one day he will fully return. Closing the disciplinary matter creates clarity. That gives me a chance to look forward again. I’m happy about that, even though May 7 is still a long way off. 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 manager, 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.