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Cyclist in induced coma after Tour of Poland crash

77th Tour of Poland 2020 - Stage 1

KATOWICE, POLAND - AUGUST 05: Sprint / Arrival / Dylan Groenewegen of The Netherlands and Team Jumbo - Visma / Fabio Jakobsen of The Netherlands and Team Deceuninck - Quick-Step / Marc Sarreau of France and Team Groupama - FDJ / Luka Mezgec of Slovenia and Team Mitchelton - Scott / Ryan Gibbons of South Africa and NTT Pro Cycling Team / Moreno Hofland of The Netherlands and Team EF Education First / Jasper Philipsen of Belgium and UAE Team Emirates / Szymon Sajnok of Poland and CCC Team / during the 77th Tour of Poland 2020, Stage 1 a 195,8km stage from Silesian Stadium-Chorzów to Spodek-Katowice / @Tour_de_Pologne / #tdp20 / on August 05, 2020 in Katowice, Poland. (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

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Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was put into an induced coma Wednesday after suffering injuries in a crash on the final stretch of the Tour of Poland, organizers said.

A massive crash at the finish of the first stage resulted in Dylan Groenewegen‘s disqualification from the race.

Leading a bunch sprint, Groenewegen veered toward the right barrier, pinching countryman Jakobsen, who barreled into the barrier meters from the finish line.

Jakobsen went head over heels, his bike went airborne and the barriers exploded onto the road, causing more cyclists to crash.

Jakobsen was airlifted to a hospital in serious condition and was put into an induced coma, the Tour de Pologne press office said.

Doctor Pawel Gruenpeter of the hospital in Sosnowiec said Jakobsen suffered injuries to the head and chest but that his condition was stable at the intensive care unit. Jakobsen will need surgery to his face and skull, Gruenpeter told state broadcaster TVP Sport.

Groenewegen crossed the finish line first but was disqualified, giving Jakobsen the stage win, according to the stage race website.

Groenewegen, a 27-year-old Jumbo-Visma rider, owns four Tour de France stage wins among the last three years.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) “strongly condemned” Groenewegen’s “dangerous” and “unacceptable” behavior. It referred Groenewegen’s actions to a disciplinary commission for possible sanctions.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.