Dylan Groenewegen is struggling with the aftermath of his horror crash and will not take action this year.
It is clear that the 27-year-old Amsterdam sprinter is still struggling with the aftermath of the horror crash in the Tour of Poland, in which Fabio Jakobsen was seriously injured by him. At the beginning of this month, business observer Martijn Berkhout said in an interview, that Dylan Groenewegen still receives threats and is therefore in ‘a mental process’. According to Berkhout, never before has a rider been so hurt as Groenewegen, after his mistake in the Polish mass sprint.
In the meantime, the UCI has still not completed the announced investigation into what happened in Poland. Jumbo-Visma previously announced that it would put Groenewegen on hold until there is a ruling in the case.
Jakobsen suffered mainly serious facial injuries in the crash. For a moment there were fears for his career, but team boss Patrick Lefevere announced this month that he expects Jakobsen to be able to start racing again early next year. Shortly after the event, Groenewegen contacted the Jakobsen family to express his deep regret.
Dylan Groenewegen is one of the fastest sprinters in the peloton. He has won four stages in the Tour in recent years. This season Jumbo-Visma wanted to use him in the Giro. That round will start on Saturday in Sicily.
That is also the day that the BinckBank Tour finishes in Geraardsbergen. For the past five years, Groenewegen has always been at the start of the Dutch-Belgian stage race. Remarkably, he only won a stage there in 2016. Last year, the Dutchman had to bow his head twice to Sam Bennett.
Due to the loss of Groenewegen, Jumbo-Visma has to rely on Mike Teunissen and Pascal Eenkhoorn in the sprints. Whether they can compete in the bunch sprints this week against men like Pascal Ackermann, Mark Cavendish, Tim Merlier, Danny van Poppel and world champion Mads Pedersen, however, is the question.
One thing is certain, Dylan Groenewegen is to skip the Binckbank Bicycle Tour this year.