• This video tweeted by Alex Rasmussen shows the difference in barrier standards at the Tour de France and the Tour of Poland (Supplied)Source: Supplied
"What matters most now is Fabio’s health. I think about him all the time.”
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Jumbo-Visma, Movistar Team
7 Aug 2020 - 9:38 AM  UPDATED 7 Aug 2020 - 10:31 AM

Reckless sprint leaves Jakobsen in fight for life at Tour of Poland
The UCI has condemned the sprint of Dylan Groenewegen after he veered Fabio Jakobsen into the barrier on the opening stage of the Tour of Poland leaving the Deceuninck–Quick-Step rider in a fight for his life.

Jumbo-Visma released an official statement overnight (AEST) from Dylan Groenewegen and the team's managing director Richard Plugge apologising for the Dutch sprinter's role in the crash on the opening stage of the Tour of Poland.  

“I find it terrible what happened yesterday," Groenewegen said.

"I can’t find the words to describe how sorry I am for Fabio and the others who crashed or were involved."

"What matters most now is Fabio’s health. I think about him all the time.”

Plugge spoke after visiting Groenewegen in hospital where he underwent surgery on a broken collarbone sustained in the crash.

"We let him tell his story. Dylan feels terrible about what happened," Plugge said. "He was deeply affected by it. Also for him the recovery of Fabio and the others who were injured in this terrible crash is all that counts now.

"Soon we will discuss the incident in detail with him. Our thoughts are with the victims and we hope with all our heart for a good recovery.”

Around six riders including Groenewegen and Jakobsen came down in the crash. 

Last night (AEST) Deceuninck-QuickStep released a statement with an update on Jakobsen's condition. 

"Fabio Jakobsen had facial surgery during the night," the team's Tweet said. "His situation is stable at the moment and later today the doctors will try to wake Fabio up."

"More information will be published when available. Again, we want to thank you all for the huge support!"

Movistar's Eduward Prades was also hospitalised after the crash but was released the following day once his fractured cervical vertebra was stabilised. 

"It is the strongest fall I have ever had as a professional," Prades said. "I have checked the speed of the sprint and I was going 81km/h at impact."

The cycling world erupted following the incident with many expressing concern at the broader issue of race safety including SBS Cycling commentators Matthew Keenan and Robbie McEwen. 

Keenan said the seriousness of Jakobsen's injury came down to the Tour of Poland's barriers as they were not the same ones used at races like the Tour de France: 

McEwen echoed his co-commentator's thoughts:  

This tweet shows a video taken from another angle at the race and how treacherous the area was beside the barriers (WARNING GRAPHIC!):

Meanwhile, former Danish sprinter and track fast man Alex Rasmussen tweeted this video demonstrating the stark difference between the barriers used at the Tour de France and the Tour of Poland:

Former Aussie sprinter Matt Goss also discussed the crash with Macka and Christophe in the latest episode of the Zwift Cycling Central Podcast: