Cyclist Fabio Jakobsen hopes to get back on the bike soon. The 24-year-old sprinter of the Belgian team Deceuninck – Quick-Step can have the stitches removed in his mouth on Monday. “I hope to be able to train again”, Jakobsen reports on his social media.
The Dutchman underwent another operation on his face last month, which was severely damaged in a crash in the Tour of Poland last August. Jakobsen received implants in his upper and lower jaw. The surgeons also removed the scars in his mouth.
“It is almost time to start again. The recovery process seems to be going well,” said Jakobsen. “The last three weeks have been painful, I had trouble eating and drinking. It takes four, five months until everything heals and is strong enough to get my ‘new’ teeth. There is light at the end of the tunnel and there go I for!”
The cyclist was stuck in the bunch sprint at the end of the first stage in Poland at high speed by Dylan Groenewegen and flew through the gates. He lost almost all his teeth in the fall. Jakobsen also suffered cracks and fractures in his skull and palate and a broken nose.