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The first day of the first WorldTour stage race since March should have been an opportunity to enjoy bike racing after such a long hiatus, but stage 1 of the Tour of Poland ended with a horrific crash that sent multiple people to the hospital.
In the final meters of a downhill sprint into Katowice, Dylan Groenewegen rode Fabio Jakobsen into the barriers at high speed. The barriers then rebounded onto the course, bringing several others down. Groenewegen was disqualified.
Multiple people were badly hurt in the crash, with Jakobsen suffering serious injuries. Doctors at the hospital told media that his condition has stabilized, but the full extent of his injuries remains unclear as of Wednesday evening in Poland.
Stay safe out there, readers.
| Jakobsen and others injured in horrific crash at Tour of Poland
Stage 1 of the Tour of Poland, the first WorldTour stage race of the resumed 2020 season, ended in a horrific crash on Wednesday.
At the end of a high-speed, downhill sprint into Katowice, Jumbo-Visma’s Dylan Groenewegen drove Fabio Jakobsen into the barriers, causing the 23-year-old Deceuninck-Quick-Step rider to crash heavily. Parts of the barriers and advertising boards then rebounded onto the course, bringing several others down.
Groenewegen was the first rider over the line before he too was brought down in the crash. He was subsequently disqualified, with Jakobsen awarded the win.
Jakobsen suffered serious head injuries in the crash and was airlifted to a hospital. Marc Sarreau of Groupama-FDJ suffered multiple torn ligaments in the incident, and a person taking photos at the finish line was also among those injured.
| Démare takes Milano-Torino, Lampaert breaks collarbone in crash
Arnaud Démare won Wednesday’s Milano-Torino on Wednesday in a sprint ahead of Caleb Ewan and Wout van Aert.
The revised course of the 198-kilometer Italian one-day featured a much flatter parcours than normal, bringing the sprinters to the fore for the final kick. Peter Sagan went long in the finale, but Démare led the way as several riders surged past in the closing meters. Less than a week before Milan-San Remo, the former Milan-San Remo winner took the Milano-Torino victory convincingly at the line.
The finale did, unfortunately, see a crash that affected multiple riders, with Deceuninck-Quick-Step announcing later that Yves Lampaert sustained a broken collarbone in the fall.
| Flanders winner Bettiol extends with EF
Alberto Bettiol, the reigning Tour of Flanders champion, will ride on with EF into 2021, the team announced on Wednesday.
“I won Flanders because of this team, and a lot of the important things that have happened in my career is because of this team,” Bettiol said in a press release.
“I feel like the people here really trust me and I have a really great relationship with all the staff and all the riders. Having this kind of relationship makes it a lot easier to spend so many days away from home. This is really important and is one of the reasons why I’m super happy to stay another year.”
| ISN signs Impey
After nine seasons with the Mitchelton-Scott organization, Daryl Impey will join Israel Start-Up Nation next year.
Impey, 35, counts two Tour Down Under overall wins, a Tour de France stage victory, and numerous South African national road and time trial titles on his career palmares. Impey’s new team noted that Chris Froome, who will join ISN next year, reached out to convince Impey to join him in the new endeavor.
“It’s not often you get to race with one of the greats in our sport, so when Chris called me and said he trusts me and would like to have me by his side I appreciated that and knew he meant it,” Impey said. “I have known him a long time and our careers have nearly come full circle – we started out together at Barloworld and we are continuing at ISN. I know he can win another Tour de France, and it will be great to not only be part of that team, but to play an important role.”
| Ag2r La Mondiale adds Van Hoecke and former U23 Paris-Roubaix winner Dewulf
The Ag2r La Mondiale squad, which will become Ag2r Citröen next year, seems committed to its Classics ambitions. The team announced on Wednesday that it had signed two riders whose skillsets are suited to the cobbles in Gijs Van Hoecke, currently with CCC, and former under-23 Paris-Roubaix winner Stan Dewulf, currently with Lotto-Soudal.
While Romain Bardet is widely rumored to be headed elsewhere and Pierre Latour is confirmed to be heading to Total-Direct Energie next year, Ag2r will continue to have Oliver Naesen leading the way in the Classics, and the Belgian will now have a bit more firepower as he hunts results there moving forward.
| Enve releases the all-new Adventure Fork
Requested by a number of custom frame builders, Enve’s latest full-carbon fork is built with burlier gravel and bikepacking bikes in mind. The US$625 Adventure Fork features a Flip-Chip dropout which adjusts the fork rake between 49 and 55.5 mm. Tire clearance is quoted at 29 x 2.1in / 650B x 2.4in in the 49 mm setting, and up to 29 x 2.3in / 650B x 2.6in in the 55.5mm setting.
The fork offers internal dynamo routing and has three accessory mounts on each leg. Molded in a single piece, the fork is claimed to weigh 575 g.
| Specialized releases new Sagan Collection
First seen in 2018, Specialized is back with another limited edition Sagan Collection. The latest range is titled “Deconstructivism” and efficiently aims to deconstruct the colors of a rainbow. In non-marketing words, it’s a surprisingly nice balance of black and shimmering metallic colours.
The new Sagan Collection consists of the S-Works Tarmac SL7 and Allez Sprint Disc framesets, S-Works 7 road shoes, and the S-Works Evade helmet.
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