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Towards a long suspension against Dylan Groenewegen?

ByRoborto Sykes

Nov 4, 2020
The Union Cycliste Internationale is determined to strike hard. The images had shocked everyone in cycling. On August 5, during the massive sprint at the finish of the 1st stage of the Tour of Poland, Dylan Groenewegen sent Fabio Jakobsen into the security barriers. A crash that almost cost the life of the Deceuninck-Quick Step rider, who has since undergone a reconstruction of his jaw and 130 stitches. While the Dutch rider had put himself aside and has not resumed competition since, the UCI has opened an investigation into him and a sanction could fall in the days to come. According to information from the Dutch site Wielerflits, an exemplary sanction should very soon be formalized against Dylan Groenewegen.

No return before mid-2021 for Groenewegen?

An “independent arbitration committee” has been set up by the UCI to rule on this matter and the decision has already been taken. Indeed, according to this source, a nine-month suspension should be served on the sprinter of the Jumbo-Visma team. A sanction which, apart from doping cases, would quite simply be a record for the UCI authorities. However, such a verdict remains subject to appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, based in Lausanne. If this sanction were to be confirmed, it would be applied retroactively. In other words, Dylan Groenewegen would be suspended for nine months from the day of the crash, ie August 5, 2020. The Dutchman could therefore resume competition on May 6, 2021, must two days before the date scheduled for the Grand Départ of the 104th edition of the Giro, which will take place in Sicily.