Dylan Groenewegen after suspension for Tour de Pologne crash: This will forever be a black page in my career
Nov 12 2020 04:35 am CET

Dylan Groenewegen after suspension for Tour de Pologne crash: This will forever be a black page in my career
Dylan Groenewegen after suspension for Tour de Pologne crash: This will forever be a black page in my career
Photo of Dylan Groenewegen by Jumbo-Visma

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has announced a suspension of nine months for Dylan Groenewegen for the Tour de Pologne incident.

On August 5 2020, Groenewegen was fighting for the victory during the final sprint at the first stage of the Tour de Pologne against his fellow countryman Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step). The rider of Jumbo-Visma deviated from the line and this resulted in a very heavy crash of Jakobsen against the fences that left them with very heavy injuries from which he is still recovering.

After an investigation, the UCI decided to punish the rider with a nine-month suspension from the moment of the incident, so he can return to the road after May 7 2021. The Dutchman will also engage in activities to promote safe cycling.

"The crash in the first stage of the Tour of Poland will forever be a black page in my career," Groenewegen said in a statement. "During the sprint I deviated from my line. I am sorry, because I want to be a fair sprinter. The consequences were very unfortunate and serious. I am very aware of that and I hope this has been a wise lesson for every sprinter. I follow the news of Fabio's recovery very closely. I can only hope that one day he will return completely.

"Closing the disciplinary matter creates clarity. That gives me the opportunity to look ahead again. I am happy about that, even though May 7th is still far away. I am happy with the support I get from Team Jumbo-Visma, my family and friends. Together we will work towards that day both mentally and physically."




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