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Team Jumbo-Visma is relieved that clarity has come in the disciplinary case against Dylan Groenewegen following the incident during the first stage of the Tour of Poland in August. A nine-month suspension period, starting from the date of the incident, has been accepted by the sprinter from Amsterdam. Groenewegen will be back in action for Team Jumbo-Visma from 7 May 2021.
“It was a crash where the severity of the consequences was unfathomable. Now that the disciplinary case has been concluded, we can start looking forward again. We will do that together with Dylan. We are relieved that there is now perspective and clarity. We wish Fabio Jakobsen the same. The encouraging reports about his recovery do us good”, director Richard Plugge of Team Jumbo-Visma says.
Groenewegen has cooperated fully with the investigation and has once again acknowledged his regrets for deviating from his line during the sprint in question. He also emphasized that he had no intention of endangering people or inflicting physical injury. The 27-year-old sprinter will make an effort for activities to promote safe cycling.
Groenewegen: “The crash in the first stage of the Tour of Poland will forever be a black page in my career. During the sprint I deviated from my line. I am sorry, because I want to be a fair sprinter. The consequences were very unfortunate and serious. I am very aware of that and I hope this has been a wise lesson for every sprinter. I follow the news of Fabio’s recovery very closely. I can only hope that one day he will return completely. Closing the disciplinary matter creates clarity. That gives me the opportunity to look ahead again. I am happy about that, even though May 7th is still far away. I am happy with the support I get from Team Jumbo-Visma, my family and friends. Together we will work towards that day both mentally and physically.”