Wout van Aert: 'Dylan Groenewegen made a big mistake but it was painful to see the reaction to him'

After winning Milan - San Remo, the Belgian made a partial defence of his team-mate, who is currently suspended by Jumbo-Visma pending UCI disciplinary proceedings

Wout van Aert after winning Milan - San Remo 2020 (Dirk Waem/Belga Mag/AFP via Getty Images)

(Image credit: BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

Wout van Aert admitted his team-mate Dylan Groenewegen made a mistake for his part in the crash which hospitalised Fabio Jakobsen, but added that the reaction that met the sprinter following the race was "painful" to watch.

Fabio Jakobsen was brought out of his coma on Friday, yet remains in a serious condition, while Groenewegen suffered a broken collarbone and has been suspended by Jumbo-Visma pending UCI disciplinary proceedings.

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