Jakobsen out of coma but facing 'long and arduous' recovery

Dutch road race champion Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) on stage 6 of the 2019 Vuelta a España
Dutch road race champion Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Deceuninck-Quickstep's Fabio Jakobsen is out of his medically-induced coma, two days after suffering a violent crash on stage 1 of the Tour de Pologne in Katowice but the extent of his injuries are such that his recovery process is expected to be 'long and arduous', according to the team.

Jakobsen was placed in the coma to help facilitate recovery from extensive injuries to his face and throat but after undergoing five hours of surgery early Thursday and after further examinations, doctors were able to rule out major neurological problems.

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