There went a shock through all the people who saw the violent end of the end of Wednesday's first leg of the World Tour over Poland.
A violent crash in the final massespurt overshadowed completely the day's hardships. The worst hit was the QuickSteps highly talented sprinter Fabio Jakobsen, who is taken to hospital and has been very badly hurt.
the Crash was caused by verdensklassesprinteren Dylan Groenewegen, and his action in the sprint, where he illegally changes the course in the sprint and finally the pressure of his competitor and compatriot out in the barrier to get people to scold violently out of the former winner of the Champs Elysees stage in the Tour de France.
'Out with him'. 'What an idiot' and other negative comments in the major rains down over the Jumbo-Visma-rider.
But the former Danish topatlet Alex Rasmussen calls for calm on top of the violent scenes in Poland.
the Eerie scenes in the target area. Photo:
He drove for many years as a leadout rider, but also won herself a few massespurter throughout his career, and he believes that people's harceleren over Groenewegens drive is also rooted in an emotional response.
I remember even in a severe crash, I was witness to on your own on Danish soil in the Giro in 2012 when Roberto Ferrari suddenly just drove almost across the road and plowed Mark Cavendish down and also killed a violent crash to the jersey Taylor Phinney.
- I'm not out to be insensitive compared to the wild crash today, and I also think that the downgrading of Groenewegen in the day was in order, but I think the action from the Ferrari was more violent than the one we saw in Poland today. And Ferrari was therefore allowed to continue to run in the race the day after...
As I see it, focuses Groenewegen at the finish line, but trying of course to close off the competition. It is damn too bad for Fabio, who had won the stage, if he had not been enclosed.
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Groenewegen is one of the field's very best finishers. Photo: Gonzalo Fuentes/ Reuters
- certainly, I think not, Groenewegen is a pig, as I can see, many call him, and someone will have Groenewegen excluded from the rest of the season
- It is an emotional response. I don't believe it had happened, if Fabio 'just' had a broken collarbone and was smoked in the hospital.
- Understand me right. I had certainly reacted in the same way, if it was me, who had seen it at close quarters, and if it was one of my teammates, it was done.
- But you ask them about a week, so I think, their assessment of the situation will be more subdued, believes Alex Rasmussen.
He points out that the corona-truncated cycling season may also can get the riders to take more and more chances than usual.
- All the sprinters have great respect for each other, because they all know how high the risk is in the sprints. But it is also important that you just turn the brain off, when they should be running side by side. Because of the compressed season it's even more important to get the victory, and there is even more pressure on the riders. And, therefore, can the kind of awful things, as we saw today, happen.
- in addition to Groenewegens drive is many riders also evenly critical of the conclusion in Poland today, which finishes downhill and is going to have the kind of endings made public. What do you think of it?
- I have even tried to run it in the French race, the GP Denain, where it goes down hill probably around a 4-5 percent, and that there is a high risk. But I think, it is fat with such a højhastighedsspurt. It is only a problem when they rush.
- I see it as a part of the cycle. Otherwise we would have to run around in closed orbits, in which neither bends, hills or other things on the road can generate, and how awesome is that.
the Barrier gives in, when poor Fabio Jakobsen colliding into it. His bike can be seen up in the air in the picture. Jakobsen himself is evil worn just on the other side of the finish line. Photo:
I think more that the organizers should look at the barrier. It was strange the way they went in the resolution of.
- I can remember the year when Peter Sagan will run Cavendish in the barrier. That slip 'Cav' i.e. almost along the barriers, but they keep to the load. Today splitter the in atoms, as Fabio comes in contact with them. So it is clear that the barrier does not have the same quality as in the Tour.
It remains to be seen what state the QuickSteps Dutch sprinter is in. The preliminary news is that he remains in critical condition and placed in an artificial coma.
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