Dylan Groenewegen has expressed his dismay after the horrific Tour of Poland crash that left Fabio Jakobsen in an induced coma.

Deceuninck-QuickStep rider Jakobsen was in a serious but stable condition in a Katowice hospital after undergoing facial surgery, with doctors intending to wake the 23-year-old on Thursday.

Jakobsen was airlifted to hospital on Wednesday after fellow Dutchman Groenewegen appeared to nudge him into the barriers in a high-speed sprint finish on the opening stage of the race.

Jumbo-Wisma rider Groenewegen was disqualified and strongly condemned by governing body the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) for his "dangerous behaviour".

Groenewegen made a first public statement on Thursday, saying he felt for Jakobsen.

He posted on Twitter: "I hate what happened yesterday. I can't find the words to describe how sorry I am for Fabio and others who have fallen or been hit.

"At the moment, the health of Fabio is the most important thing. I think about him constantly."

Jumbo-Wisma issued an apology on Wednesday and said an internal review would take place.

"Our thoughts go out to Fabio Jakobsen and other people involved in today's terrible crash in the Tour of Poland. Crashes like these should not happen," the team tweeted.

"We offer our sincere apologies and we will discuss internally what has happened before we may make any further statement."

Deceuninck-QuickStep rider Fabio Jakobsen remains in a serious but stable condition after undergoing facial surgery following a horrific crash during the Tour of Poland.

Jakobsen was placed in an induced coma after being airlifted to Wojewodzki Szpital in Katowice on Wednesday following the smash at the end of stage one. 

Dylan Groenewegen was disqualified and strongly condemned by governing body the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) for "dangerous behaviour", having appeared to nudge his Dutch compatriot into the barriers in a sprint finish.

Tests revealed Jakobsen did not suffer brain or spinal injuries, but he remains in a coma following an operation and doctors will attempt to wake the 23-year-old up later on Thursday.

Deceuninck-QuickStep said in a statement: "Fabio had facial surgery during the night. His situation is stable at the moment and later today the doctors will try to wake Fabio up."

Jumbo-Wisma, Groenewegen's team, issued an apology and said an internal review will take place.

"Our thoughts go out to Fabio Jakobsen and other people involved in today's terrible crash in the Tour of Poland. Crashes like these should not happen," the team tweeted.

"We offer our sincere apologies and we will discuss internally what has happened before we may make any further statement. #TDP20."

Deceuninck – Quick Step have confirmed Fabio Jakobsen is in a serious but stable condition following an incident in the Tour of Poland.

Jakobsen was sent over the barriers during a sprint finish with Dylan Groenewegen, who was subsequently disqualified by the UCI for appearing to nudge his competitor.

Several other riders were injured after crashing as the barriers split and flew across the road, with Jakobsen airlifted to hospital where he was placed into an induced coma.

Deceuninck – Quick Step have now provided an update on their rider's condition.

"Fabio Jakobsen's situation is serious but at the moment he is stable," a statement from the team read.

"Diagnostic tests did not reveal brain or spinal injury, but because of the gravity of his multiple injuries, he is still kept in a comatose condition and has to remain closely monitored in the following days at the Wojewodzki Szpital in Katowice.

"Further information will be made available in the course of the coming hours. Meanwhile, we would like to thank you for your heartwarming support."

Prior to Deceuninck – Quick Step's update, UCI strongly condemned the actions of Team Jumbo-Wisma rider Groenewegen.

Jumbo-Wisma posted on Twitter to apologise for the incident and said an internal review will be taking place.

"Our thoughts go out to Fabio Jakobsen and other people involved in today's terrible crash in the Tour of Poland. Crashes like these should not happen," it read.

"We offer our sincere apologies and we will discuss internally what has happened before we may make any further statement. #TDP20."

The UCI said it "strongly condemns the dangerous behaviour" of Dylan Groenewegen for causing the crash at the end of the first stage of the Tour of Poland that left Fabio Jakobsen in an induced coma.

Groenewegen won the stage but was later disqualified from the race after Jakobsen was sent careering over the barriers during a sprint finish.

Several other riders were injured after crashing as the barriers split and flew across the road.

Deceuninck-Quick-Step rider Jakobsen was airlifted to hospital, as was a course-side referee, where he was later placed into an induced coma.

A statement from UCI read: "[The UCI] strongly condemns the dangerous behaviour of rider Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Wisma), who sent Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) into the barriers a few metres from the finish, causing a collective crash at the end of the first stage of the Tour of Poland.

"Groenewegen was disqualified from the race by the commissaires' panel.

"The UCI, which considers the behaviour unacceptable, immediately referred the matter to the Disciplinary Commission to request the imposition of sanctions commensurate with the seriousness of the facts.

"Our Federation is wholeheartedly with the affected riders."

Jumbo-Wisma posted on Twitter to apologise for the incident and said an internal review will be taking place.

"Our thoughts go out to Fabio Jakobsen and other people involved in today's terrible crash in the Tour of Poland. Crashes like these should not happen," it read.

"We offer our sincere apologies and we will discuss internally what has happened before we may make any further statement. #TDP20."

Deceuninck-Quickstep posted: "Our thoughts and prayers are with Fabio Jakobsen. When we have news, we will let you know. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support."

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