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VN news ticker: Fabio Jakobsen shows off new teeth, Jungels to miss Luxembourg championships and Tour de France

Here's the news making headlines for Thursday, June 17.

Fabio Jakobsen shows off new teeth implants

Some 10 months after his horrific crash at the 2020 Tour of Poland, Fabio Jakobsen has received teeth implants to replace those he lost in the incident.

The Deceuninck-Quick-Step rider posted the results of his recent surgery on social media, with images of before and after.

Jakobsen was left with life-threatening injuries when he crashed at high speed into the barriers during a downhill sprint into Katowice on stage 1. The Dutchman had to undergo several surgeries, including one to reconstruct his jaw, before he could finally receive the implants.

“Extremely grateful for all of the work that has gone into giving me my teeth back. Starting with Prof. Gert Meijer and Drs. Jeroen Liebregts. Thank you both and all other medical and dental co-workers for the support and work over the last 8 months. You have all been amazing,” Jakobsen wrote on social media.

“Also, Michiel Wouters who constructed the implant bridges. The result looks astonishing to me, and I am thankful for it. I think they are beautiful. There have been a lot of car trips to Nijmegen, Rosmalen, and Grave but it has been worth it.”

Jakobsen also confirmed his upcoming race schedule, which will include his first grand tour since the Vuelta a España in 2019. The Dutchman has done 21 days of racing since he returned to the peloton in April at the Tour of Turkey, and rode his first WorldTour event at the recent Critérium du Dauphiné.

“Now on to the coming goals on the bike. First national championship this weekend with a big smile. Next up are training camp Livigno, Tour de Wallonië and La Vuelta a España,” he said.

Bob Jungels to miss Luxembourg championships, Tour de France

Bob Jungels (AG2R-Citroën Team) will not participate in the Tour de France (June 26 – July 18) nor in the Luxembourg Championships where he was to take part in the time trial (Friday) and the road race (Sunday).

In fact, he has been suffering for several weeks from muscular pains in his lower limbs which have prevented him from regaining his physical level of the past seasons.
“The first tests showed that it could be a vascular abnormality called arterial endofibrosis affecting the iliac artery. The decision to have surgery should be taken in the coming days,” explained Eric Bouvat, medical director of the AG2R-Citroën Team.

“I am sorry and sad for Bob who is a champion whose normal level we know well, in addition to his sporting and human qualities. We were looking forward to hitting the roads of the Tour de France with him. He has been experiencing physical difficulties since the start of the season and now we know how to fix it. I am convinced that once rid of these worries, he will perform well with the AG2R-Citroën Team,” Vincent Lavenu, General Manager, said.

“It is a huge disappointment to have to give up the Tour de France which would have been my first time there with the AG2R CITROËN TEAM, as well as my national championships and the Olympic Games,” Jungels said.

“I had a difficult start to the season physically but also mentally because I was keen to shine, but I was never at the level I wanted to be,” he continued. “At the Tour de Suisse, I was very happy with my 18th place in the time trial on the first stage. Then the pain that I had felt for several years when I was pushing hard came back steadily. Medical examinations confirmed the diagnosis I was anticipating.”

“On the one hand, I am relieved because I now know why my performances have been irregular for three seasons, on the other hand, it is a huge disappointment. I thank the staff and the riders of the AG2R-Citroën Team for their support. I will be their number-one fan on the roads of the Tour de France… While waiting to find my place in the peloton again as quickly as possible.”

Omer Goldstein to become second Israeli rider to race Tour de France

Israeli champion Omer Goldstein punched his ticket to the Tour de France with Israel Start-Up Nation.

In what will be his Tour debut, Goldstein will be just the second Israeli rider to start a Tour. In 2020, Guy Niv became the first Israeli starter and finisher, arriving in Paris in 74th. Goldstein, who raced in last year’s Vuelta a España, will help the team’s ambitions in breakaways.

“Omer is what I call an ‘offensive rider.’ He is always ready to jump on a challenge with absolutely no fear,” ISN’s sport director Rik Verbrugghe said. “But much beyond that, we selected Omer because he can give the team a lot in the Tour in so many ways. Of course, his main task will be to assist our leader, Mike Woods, but he can be our man in a breakaway and, if the opportunity comes, he can get a great result.”

Goldstein said he’s also looking forward to racing alongside four-time Tour winner Chris Froome, who’s also been confirmed to the team’s roster.

“I respect him so much, he has been a quiet mentor,” Goldstein said. “Advising me. Talking to me about the little details that can make a difference. I just love to race and train with Froomey. He is such a great fighter. Never underestimate him. He is on the up and I believe can surprise in the Tour.”