Tour of Poland stage where Jakobsen crashed will not be used again, says UCI

Riders tried to avoid the crash on stage 1 of the Tour de Pologne
Riders tried to avoid the crash on stage 1 of the Tour de Pologne (Image credit: Getty Images)

Professional riders may object to the UCI's ban on the 'super-tuck' and pseudo time trial positions but will likely welcome new guidelines that will eliminate the Tour of Poland's high-speed Katowice sprint finish where Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) crashed so violently in 2020. The move comes in addition to strict standards for roadside barriers to come into effect on April 1, 2021.

Jakobsen was elbowed off his line in the sprint by fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) and fell into the barriers, which then flew apart and into the path of the rest of the riders, resulting in several riders being injured. Jakobsen was the worst off with severe facial injuries and a concussion, among other wounds, from where he hit the edge of the barrier.

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