'Condition is good': Cyclist Fabio Jakobsen wakes from his coma following horrific Tour of Poland crash
Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen, who was put in a medically-induced coma after crashing at the finish line in the Tour of Poland's first stage on Wednesday, is awake and in good condition, tour organizers said on Friday.
Jakobsen, who rides for the Deceuninck-Quick Step team, collided with rival Dylan Groenewegen in the final meters of the race and crashed into the barriers and a race official.
Jakobsen, 23, was rushed to hospital where he underwent facial surgery and was placed into a medically-induced coma to aid with his recovery.
"We have good news from the hospital in Sosnowiec! @FabioJakobsen is awake now from the coma. Condition is 'good'," the tour's organizers said on Twitter.Also on rt.com 'I'm not sure I've seen a crash that horrific': Lance Armstrong reacts as Fabio Jakobsen left in coma after horror smash (VIDEO)
The director of the hospital in Sosnowiec in southern Poland explained that Jakobsen now faced a lengthy period of rehabilitation, but offered words of optimism for his recovery as he confirmed the rider had no evidence of any neurological issues from the crash.
"The patient is conscious, follows orders, is disconnected from the ventilator, so he is breathing alone," he told a news conference.
"I think that if he survived such a fall, he will return to sport for sure."
Groenewegen has been punished for his role in the crash, with the sport's governing body, the UCI, disqualifying him from the race and condemning him for his "dangerous behavior" in causing the crash. Groenewegen subsequently issued an apology for his actions on Friday.Also on rt.com 'He had such a bright future': Cycling mourns tragic death of teenage star who died from head injuries after high-speed crash