Two days after being seriously injured in a high-speed crash that took place on the finishing straight of stage 2 of the Tour de Pologne stage 1 in Katowice, Fabio Jakobsen was awakened from a coma on Friday afternoon by the doctors of the Sosnowiec hospital, his Deceuninck – Quick-Step team have confirmed.
Fabio, who underwent a five-hour maxillofacial surgery on Thursday night, was able to move his legs and arms and communicate with the doctors, which immediately ruled out major neurological problems. Due to the surgery, speaking and eating will be a challenge in the coming period as the recovery process is expected to be a long and arduous one.
In the last 150 metres of the opening stage, Dylan Groenewegen and Fabio Jakobsen were fighting for the victory when the Jumbo-Visma rider deviated from his line causing the crash of the Deceuninck – Quick-Step sprinter who fell against the barrier. Many riders who were at the front were involved in the accident.