Cyclist gets 9-month ban for crash that left rival in coma

Cyclist Dylan Groenewegen was banned from racing for nine months on Wednesday for causing a sprint-finish crash that left a rival in a coma and with severe facial injuries.

The International Cycling Union said its disciplinary panel ruled Groenewegen cannot compete again until May 7. He will miss the spring season of one-day classic races plus week-long races including Paris-Nice, where he has won stages in previous seasons.

The crash in the first stage of the Tour of Poland will forever be a black page in my career, the Dutch rider said in a statement published by his Jumbo-Visma team.

Groenewegen, who has four Tour de France stage wins in his career, veered right in a sprint to the finish line on Aug. 5, forcing Fabio Jakobsen to crash into roadside barriers.


Jakobsen was awarded the stage win after Groenewegen was disqualified. He was treated in a medically induced coma and left needing reconstructive surgery on his face and jaw.

The UCI said Groenewegen acknowledged that he deviated from his line and committed a violation of race rules.

I hope this has been a wise lesson for every sprinter, Groenewegen said. I follow the news of Fabios recovery very closely. I can only hope that one day he will return completely.

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