Injured cyclist Jakobsen cleared to return home

Paris (AFP)

Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen, who was placed in a medically-induced coma last week after a horrifying crash at the Tour of Poland, has been cleared to return to the Netherlands, his team said Tuesday.

The Deceuninck-Quick Step rider, 23, was left fighting for his life and underwent a five-hour operation immediately after the accident after sustaining severe injuries to the face.

Fabio Jakobsen was hurt in a horrific crash on the opening stage of the Tour of Poland
Fabio Jakobsen was hurt in a horrific crash on the opening stage of the Tour of Poland Szymon Gruchalski Forum/AFP/File

He awoke from the coma on Thursday and doctors initially estimated he could leave in around two weeks’ time following a period of rehabilitation.

However, Jakobsen’s team said Tuesday his condition had “improved further” and that he would be moved to a hospital in his homeland.

“Fabio Jakobsen’s condition is evolving favourably, to the extent that he will be transferred Wednesday to the hospital in Leiden, the Netherlands (LUMC), where further follow-up treatment of his injuries will take place,” read a statement.

Jakobsen was thrown into and over a barrier at 80 kilometres (50 miles) an hour as he raced elbow-to-elbow with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen in the opening stage of the Tour of Poland in Katowice.

Groenewegen, from the Jumbo-Visma team, veered suddenly to the right, squeezing his compatriot into the security wall. Jakobsen somersaulted over the barriers before colliding with a race official.

Groenewegen went on to win the stage but was later disqualified. He has been suspended by his team pending an investigation from the UCI, cycling’s governing body.

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