Deceuninck – Quick-Step team manager Patrick Lefevere insisted on legal action against Jumbo-Visma sprinter Dylan Groenewegen for the accident that sent Fabio Jakobsen to hospital on the Tour’s first stage from Poland.
Groenewegen, meanwhile, apologized for the terrifying incident.
“I hate what happened yesterday. I can’t find the words to describe how sorry I am for Fabio and the others who were dumped or beaten. At the moment, Fabio’s health is the most important thing. I think about him constantly, ”Groenewegen wrote on the social network.
I hate what happened yesterday. I can’t find the words to describe how sorry I am for Fabio and the others who were dumped or beaten.
At the moment, Fabio’s health is the most important thing. I constantly think of him.
– Dylan Groenewegen (@GroenewegenD) 6 ooet 2020
Groenewegen’s tweet follows several apologies made by his Jumbo-Visma team following the crash, which sent 23-year-old Jakobsen to fall through barriers at the rear end of a high-speed spring in Katowice . Jakobsen got tangled up with Groenewegen after sprinter Jumbo-Visma appeared to veer to his right during the final meters of the sprint. The two Dutch made contact and Jakobsen was thrown into the barriers.
Jakobsen was seriously injured in the fall and was placed in a coma in a hospital in Katowice.
On Wednesday evening, Jumbo-Visma boss Richard Plugge called Lefevere to personally apologize for the incident.
“I told him it was a brave man to call me, and that I can’t understand why Groenewegen did what he did,” Lefevere said.
“I have watched the sprint dozens of times and I cannot understand why Groenewegen did this,” Lefevere added.
In the hours following the crash, Lefevere was very critical of Groenewegen’s sprint and tweeted that the Dutch runner should be sent to jail for the crash. Lefevere confirmed to reporters that he believes Groenewegen should face sanctions outside of cycling for the incident.
“I confirm what I said on Twitter. It was a very dirty decision by Groenewegen, ”Lefevere told the Belga news agency. “We have already lodged a complaint with the UCI and we will lodge a complaint with the Polish police, we will not let this go.”
The UCI had previously said it “strongly condemns the dangerous behavior of Dylan Groenewegen”, and the Dutchman was disqualified from the race. The UCI referred the incident to a disciplinary college.
Groenewegen suffered a broken collarbone and was also sent to the hospital following the accident for surgery on the injury. On Wednesday evening, Plugge and team manager Merijn Zeeman visited the Dutchman in the hospital to discuss the incident.
“We let him briefly tell his story,” Plugge said. “Dylan feels bad about what happened. He was deeply affected by it. So for him the recovery of Fabio and the others injured in this terrible crash is now all that matters. Soon we will discuss the incident in detail with him. Our hearts go out to the victims and we hope with all our hearts for a good recovery. “