Fabio Jakobsen: The doctors at the finish line saved my life

Fabio Jakobsen of Deceuninck-QuickStep pictured in action during a training session in the Flemish Ardennes Wednesday 17 June 2020 in Zottegem With the phase three of the deconfinement pro cycling teams are back to training BELGA PHOTO DAVID STOCKMAN Photo by DAVID STOCKMANBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images
Dutchman Fabio Jakobsen of Deceuninck-QuickStep pictured during a training session earlier in 2020 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Fabio Jakobsen has spoken for the first time since his high-speed crash at the Tour de Pologne, revealing he was grateful to be alive but confirming he faces several months of enforced rest due to suffering severe concussion and multiple surgeries to treat his facial injuries.

Jakobsen crashed through the roadside barriers on the Tour de Pologne's opening stage finish after Jumbo-Visma sprinter and fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen deviated from his line in the downhill sprint. He was placed into an induced coma in hospital as medical staff fought to save his life.

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