Quick-Step doctor confident Fabio Jakobsen can race again

The team’s physician has given an update on the Dutch sprinter’s progress

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Fabio Jakobsen will be able to race again after an awful crash at the Tour of Poland, according to his team’s doctor.

The Dutch sprinter was forced into the barrier at high speed on the opening day of the WorldTour stage race and suffered serious injuries when the railings gave way.

Jakobsen (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) was put into an induced coma in hospital due to the severity of his injuries, but has since been woken up by doctors.

The 23-year-old is able to move his arms and legs and communicate with doctors and fortunately major neurological problems have been ruled out, but due to undergoing extensive facial surgery Jakobsen is unable to speak or eat.

But in an interview with Dutch broadcaster Sporza, (opens in new tab) Deceuninck – Quick-Step doctor Yvan Vanmol is optimistic about the rider’s recovery.

Vanmol said: “Given the seriousness of the accident, Fabio Jakobsen is doing very well"

“I do not dare to put a time on it, but we assume that Fabio will be a rider again.”

Vanmol said there are concerns about the aesthetic damage to Jakobsen’s face and about whether the muscles around his mouth are affected.

Jakobsen is currently communicating via text message and will be transferred back to the Netherlands soon.

Fabio Jakobsen was severely injured after hitting and then flying over a barrier when he was forced into one by Jumbo-Visma’s Dylan Groenewegen in the closing metres of the sprint in Katowice.

Groenwegen, who suffered a broken collarbone in the crash, was disqualified from the race and the UCI has already announced that it will investigate the sprint, with Groenewegen potentially in line for repercussions.

The race was eventually won overall by Quick-Step’s Remco Evenepoel, who dedicated his win to Jakobsen.

Evenepoel said: "It’s an amazing way to end what started as a very hard week for us. Three stage wins and the general classification is incredible, but the best result is that Fabio is recovering. From the moment the news came from the hospital about his condition, we received a big boost and gave absolutely everything for him. Knowing how he fought there gave us a lot of strength."

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.