Dutch Racer Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) was banned for 9 months because he forced Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) to fall and nearly died at Tour de Pologne 2020.
On the first stage of this tournament in August, Groenewegen prevented Jakobsen from passing in the sprint to the finish by forcing the opponent’s car to drift to the right. Because of his high speed, Jakobsen was unable to handle it and plunged into the panels flying off the track.
After causing an accident for Jakobsen, Groenewegen also fell and dragged a series of other riders into an accident. Because they were running at high speed to reach the finish line, many motorbikes had to turn around in the air before falling onto the road.
This accident left Jakobsen seriously injured and nearly died. The Dutch racer has undergone several surgeries to treat it.
Groenewegen’s bad behavior was immediately strongly condemned. Boss Patrick Lefevere (Quick-Step racing team) said they should arrest Dylan Groenewegen. He will sue in court because such behavior should not have happened on the bicycle track. This is a crime. He should be banned for life.
Groenwegen was immediately eliminated from the race by the organizers. And then, he was suspended from playing by Jumbo-Visma himself.
On November 3, news website Wielerflits (Netherlands) said that the Independent Arbitration Committee had proposed a 9-month ban on Groenwegen, from August 2020 to early May 2021. It is expected that the International Bicycle Federation (UCI) will officially announce the verdict this week.
This will be an unprecedented heavy penalty that UCI applies to a racer, except in cases of doping detection. Team Jumbo-Visma has not commented on this information yet.