Bike owner will get 9-month ban for crash that left rival in coma

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AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) — Bike owner Dylan Groenewegen was banned from racing for 9 months on Wednesday for inflicting a sprint-finish crash that left a rival in a coma and with extreme facial accidents.

The Worldwide Biking Union stated its disciplinary panel dominated Groenewegen can’t compete once more till Might 7. He’ll miss the spring season of one-day traditional races plus week-long races together with Paris-Good, the place he has received phases in earlier seasons.

“The crash within the first stage of the Tour of Poland will ceaselessly be a black web page in my profession,” the Dutch rider stated in an announcement printed by his Jumbo-Visma crew.

Groenewegen, who has 4 Tour de France stage wins in his profession, veered proper in a dash to the end line on Aug. 5, forcing Fabio Jakobsen to crash into roadside boundaries.

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

The UCI stated Groenewegen “acknowledged that he deviated from his line and dedicated a violation” of race guidelines.

“I hope this has been a smart lesson for each sprinter,” Groenewegen stated. “I observe the information of Fabio’s restoration very intently. I can solely hope that sooner or later he’ll return utterly.”

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