Quick-Step's Danish sports director, Brian Holm, could not hold back the tears on Saturday evening.
As the stortalentet Remco Evenepoel handed a piece of paper with the number 75 in the weather, while he crossed the finish line as the winner of the 4. stage of Poland, the toppled all the memories from earlier in the week again.
- the Emotions come back in one. It has been some very violent days for all, " says Brian Holm.
Photo: Mogens Flindt/Ritzau Scanpix
Three days earlier, crashed the 23-year-old dutchman Fabio Jakobsen so violently in a sprint against compatriot Dylan Groenewegen, that Jakobsen was put in artificial coma and was reported in danger.
- There was so much information in the beginning. It was a madhouse. The first five hours were crazy, says Brian Holm.
- In the beginning they said he died. So they said he had brain damage. There was so much, we got to know. Because of corona, our doctors not be in the hospital. The organization had promised to call us when they knew something. There were many rumors, so we could not comment on anything, we just wanted to get to say something wrong.
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Photo: Ritzau Scanpux/Stine Bidstrup
Photo: Stine Bidstrup/Ritzau Scanpix
Fabio Jakobsen was operated for five hours on Thursday, and on Friday he was awakened from his coma. He can move arms and legs and communicate with the doctors, but has severe damage to neck and face.
According to the Quick-Steps holdchef, Patrick Lefevere, has Jakobsen lost all his teeth, and all the bones in the face are broken, but the doctors have ruled out major problems with the brain.
While the young sprinter has been in the hospital, have the rest of the Quick-Step crew tried to focus on the etapeløbet in Poland.
- You have a 'delete'button, you press on and do what you must. You have to close it out, " says Brian Holm.
Saturday's trip was planned. The 20-year-old shooting star Evenepoel should run away far from the outside, and he had to pay tribute to his hospitalized teammate at the finish line, which was exactly what Evenepoel did, before he let the tears flow.
It was a day for the history books, says sportsdirektøren.
Evenepoel drove 50 miles out and put the one man of all the competitors in the race's hardest stage in the race. Among other Astana-the dane Jakob Fuglsang, which was number two.
- I've simply never seen anything like it, " says Brian Holm.
- He (Evenepoel, red.) causing it to appear as if he is still running against juniorerne.
Remco Evenepoel jersey before the final stage, run on Sunday.
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