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Tour de France: Jakobsen-Groenewegen, returns from hell


The two Dutch sprinters, who have a painful common history, respectively won the 2nd and 3rd stage of the Grande Boucle.

The sprint in all its states.

In August 2020, cycling followed with horror the dramatic fall of Fabio Jakobsen thrown into the barriers by his compatriot Dylan Groenewegen during the 1st stage of the Tour of Poland.

After a frightening glide, as if a tornado had swept away the finish area, a bleeding Jakobsen was lifted with multiple injuries.


He has 130 stitches in his face and only one tooth left.

His palate is broken and his vocal cords are currently paralyzed.

He still doesn't know how to breathe properly

,” announced Patrick Lefevre, manager of the Quick-Step team.

His runner was then plunged into an artificial coma.

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Dylan Groenewegen, who had received death threats, received a nine-month suspension.

Both then walked the path to allow them one day to resume their place in the peloton.

Jakobsen, the miracle, resumed competition in April 2021. Before winning his first victory, a few months later, in July.

Groenewegen relaunched in May 2021. Fear in my stomach: “

How am I going to hold on mentally?


Before returning to victory two months later.

“I wish everyone who has had injuries to experience this kind of joy, even if it takes time.


Fabio Jakobsen

The two Dutch arrows have suddenly found themselves in full light on the Tour de France.

Fabio Jakobsen, who is new to the Grande Boucle, won the sprint on Saturday in Nyborg, the end of the 2nd stage: “

It's a special story, almost a fairy tale.

This fall made me more humble.

I am happy with this result, I wish everyone who has had injuries to experience this kind of joy, even if it may take time.

" Moved, he underlined: "

I think of my wife, my parents, my sister, the other members of my family who went back and forth to the hospital, the team, Patrick Lefevere, the sponsors who never lost faith in me, the medical service that helped me to become a person again, to become a runner again, to become a winner again.

This victory is for them, then for me.


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Sunday in Sonderborg, Dylan Groenewegen (Team Bikeexchange) is, from a gut (in front of the yellow jersey Wout Van Aert who collected three second places in three days), emerged victorious from the nervous epilogue concluding a calm 3rd stage that the peloton had preferred to pass by to watch the party that the Danish spectators had organised.

For a long time, the spectacle was assured not on the road, but on the sides.

Before a few cobblestones and turns sprinkled in the last kilometers, sequences swallowed at full speed.

Groenewegen overwhelmed with emotion after a long introspection

Upon arrival, Groenewegen claimed his fifth Tour victory (one in 2017 and 2019, two in 2018).

She also had a taste for sharing following a painful ordeal.

Overwhelmed with emotion, after a long introspection, he said: “

Usually on arrival, I never see my father and there he was in front of me.

After all that's happened, seeing my father happy means a lot to me…

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2022-07-03

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