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Dutch sprinter Fabio Jakobsen back on bike for first time since crash

Deceuninck-Quick-Step sprinter returns to riding bike for first time since crashing at Tour of Poland.

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Dutch sprinter Fabio Jakobsen said Tuesday that he was riding for the first time since his horrific crash in the Tour of Poland at the beginning of August.

“Back on the bike”, Jakobsen tweeted. “It has been quite a journey so far.”

The 24-year-old Jakobsen spent two days in a coma and required facial reconstruction surgery after he was thrown into and over barriers at the finish of the opening stage of the race in Katowice.

He was racing elbow-to-elbow with compatriot Dylan Groenewegen at 80kph before the latter veered suddenly to the right, squeezing Jakobsen into the security barriers that lined the course.

Jakobsen somersaulted over the barriers before colliding with a race official and the finish line arch. On November 11, the International Cycling Union banned Groenewegen for nine months.

In his Tweet, Jakobsen thanked “all the medical specialists that have helped me along the way.”