Jakobsen is off 130 stitches, but can’t talk yet

The recovery of cyclist Fabio Jakobsen from his terrible fall at the beginning of this month in the Tour of Poland is going well, but it will take months before he is back to somewhat the old one.

Patrick Lefevere, his team leader at Deceuninck-QuickStep, visited him on Tuesday. “They just removed 130 stitches from his face. He only has one tooth left, his palate has yet to recover and one of his vocal cords is still paralyzed. It was a terrible sight,” he says to Sporza

Other operations will follow

There are several facial surgeries awaiting the Dutch champion of 2019.

Lefevere has another rider who survived a heavy fall, Remco Evenepoel. The Belgian fell into a ravine shortly after the Jakobsen drama in the Tour of Lombardy. He sustained ‘only’ a pelvic fracture and a contusion to his right lung.

“I could have had two funerals in ten days,” said the 65-year-old Belgian. “Evenepoel’s fractures should heal quickly if he does what the doctors ask for six weeks. For Jakobsen, we speak of a month plan.”

Safety Committee

The international cycling union UCI will, at the insistence of the teams, do more to make cycling safer. Lefevere, together with Ineos, Jumbo-Visma and Sunweb, will also do this by setting up a fund for a safety committee.

“We’re not going to wait months. In skiing, there are nets at every dangerous turn. That costs almost nothing and could have broken Remco’s fall. In skating they have bumpers. We’ve been woken up by these serious accidents and we must take action now.”

At the last NK cycling event in Drenthe, supporters paid tribute to Fabio Jakobsen.