Patrick Lefevere: It was a very dirty action by Groenewegen

Patrick Lefevere (Deceuninck-QuickStep)
Patrick Lefevere (Deceuninck-QuickStep) (Image credit: Getty Images)

Patrick Lefevere has spoken out about the high-speed crash caused by Jumbo-Visma’s Dylan Groenewegen at the finish of stage 1 at the Tour de Pologne on Wednesday that resulted in his sprinter Fabio Jakobsen being airlifted to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. The Deceuninck-QuickStep owner expressed anger and dismay regarding Groenewegen’s line-deviation in the final metres of the sprint, calling the maneuver "criminal."

"They should throw him in prison," Lefevere posted to social media directly following the incident on Wednesday. In a report published in the Belga News Agency 24 hours later, Lefevere stood by his initial comments and confirmed that he has filed a formal complaint with the sport’s governing body, the UCI, and intends to file a complaint with local authorities in Poland. 

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Kirsten Frattini
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Kirsten Frattini is the Deputy Editor of Cyclingnews, overseeing the global racing content plan.

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She began her sports journalism career with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. In 2018, Kirsten became Women's Editor – overseeing the content strategy, race coverage and growth of women's professional cycling – before becoming Deputy Editor in 2023.