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Serious crash at Tour of Poland
Last Post 08/12/2020 10:25 AM by Cosmic Kid. 11 Replies.
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Cosmic Kid

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08/05/2020 01:23 PM
Horrific crash....you can find the videos online. Groonenvagen put Fabio Jakobsen into the barriers at the finish line. The barriers just exploded....multiple riders taken to hospital with serious injuries. Jakobsen is in a medically induced coma.

Fuck.
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6ix

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08/05/2020 02:24 PM
Just watched it. Ugh, that looked terrible. Seeing those guys from Movistar and EF sliding across the tarmac....yikes. Sport is sport and crap happens, but Groonenvagen should have charges brought against him for that.
Cosmic Kid

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08/05/2020 02:41 PM
Yeah, that guy from Movistar just got completely fooked....nowhere to go and the barrier flew right in front of him.

Jakobsen reportedly has head / brain injuries, palate damage and severe bleeding. Literally fighting for his life and comments from the race doctor were not exactly encouraging "Fabio is still with us..."

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Orange Crush

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08/05/2020 02:41 PM
The cause of the crash lies squarely on Dylan's shoulders. But the severity of the consequence is a direct result of the course, downhill narrow finish with barriers, all of which leaves zero room for error. So yes, Groenewegen's actions need to be investigated by the Disciplinary Committee and he needs to be punished accordingly. But I hope this is not used as an excuse by the organizers and UCI to duck their role and responsibility in what happened. That is a madhouse finish, it features in Tour of Poland every year, and each year Simon Gerschke has vehemently complained about it.
Cosmic Kid

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08/05/2020 04:16 PM
Agreed 100% OC....while the crash was the direct result of Groenwegen's actions, those actions were no more egregious than we have seen in many sprints over the years. The catastrophic result of the crash lies with the organizers and the UCI.
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zootracer

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08/06/2020 12:35 AM
watched it...several times...terrible..Groenwegen has been suspended...
Dale

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08/06/2020 07:56 AM
Nasty wreck amplified by a horrible finish section. UCI and the organizers need to look themselves in the mirror and ask some serious questions regarding their responsibilities in keeping riders safe.

Why weren't the barriers secured?

Tour of Kansas City had a death a few years ago when the barriers were not sufficiently tied together and a guy hit the edge of a one and suffered massive chest trauma.

Cosmic Kid

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08/06/2020 09:04 AM
Why weren't the barriers secured?


I think they were, but when you look at how fast Jakobsen hit them and how quickly he stopped, something had to give....

There was just so much force hitting the barriers and he also hit almost right on the joint between two of them....
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Orange Crush

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08/06/2020 09:31 AM
Apparently there was a gap in barrier to let people cross road.

The type of barrier is also at issue not up to snuff compared to bigger races.

Normally the spectators would also serve to secure barrier by leaning on them.

Good op ed from McEwen on cycling news.
Cosmic Kid

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08/07/2020 09:36 PM
Good news...

Fabio Jakobsen is conscious and follows orders. He is breathing by himself. He was disconnected from the ventilator. We are pleased. Now he is facing rehabilitation and returning home -Paweł Gruenpeter told reporters.
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79pmooney

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08/07/2020 11:38 PM
Thanks CK. I haven't watched the crash and don't plan to. Way too close for comfort for me. But it sounds like he didn't go for the full ride. Following orders in two days - good. Can't speak? He just came off a ventilator (and, sadly, we now all know what those things are). Nice to see that ventilator used for what it was designed for. Save a life so that person can go on.

Keep us posted.

Ben
Cosmic Kid

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08/12/2020 10:25 AM
Jakobsen continues to improve.....but they also reported that he lost all his teeth in the crash!!

https://cyclingtips.com/2020/08/team-doctor-believes-fabio-jakobsen-will-be-a-bike-racer-again/
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