A long recovery process awaits the Dutch Champion.

Two days after being seriously injured in a high-speed crash that took place on the finishing straight of the Tour de Pologne stage 1 in Katowice, Fabio Jakobsen was awakened from coma Friday afternoon by the doctors of the Sosnowiec hospital.

Fabio, who Thursday night underwent a five-hour maxillofacial surgery, was able to move his legs and arms and communicate with the doctors, which immediately ruled out major neurological problems. Due to the surgery, speaking and eating will be a challenge in the coming period as the recovery process is expected to be a long and arduous one.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step would like to thank everyone for their support and best wishes sent in these difficult and trying days and at the same time kindly ask you to respect the privacy of Fabio and his family.

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