Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen lost all but one of his teeth in a terrible fall three weeks ago in Poland and has 130 stitches on his face. According to Patrick Lefevere, head of Deceuninck-Quick Step, he will be dealing with the consequences of a serious accident for many months and is only at the beginning of a long journey to return to life.
“Fabio has a face stitched with 130 stitches. He has only one tooth, his floor has not yet healed and he still has one vocal cord paralyzed. He still can’t breathe calmly,” Lefevre told VTM Nieuws of the 23-year-old rider.
Jakobsen had a terrible fall during a mass spurt in Katowice. At a speed of about 80 kilometers, compatriot Dylan Groenewegen pushed him against the barrier during the spurt. Jakobsen flew over her and ended up in a pool of blood. He had to be revived on the spot and after intubation he was unconsciously transported by helicopter to the hospital in Sosnowiec, where he underwent a five-hour operation. He spent the next few days in the intensive care unit and later admitted his life concerns. Now his condition is getting better.
Two weeks after Jakobsen, his teammate Remco Evenepoel also had a severe fall, who crashed into a wall on a bridge and fell into a ravine during the Around Lombardy race. The Belgian rider broke his pelvis and bruised his lungs, and a break of several weeks awaits him. “Fabio is much worse off than Remco. His fractures will heal in six weeks, we talk about Fabio’s many months of convalescence,” Lefevre said.
Remco Evenepoel fell off the bridge.