Dylan Groenewegen has revealed he obtained demise threats and wanted police safety over his involvement in a crash on the Tour of Poland.
The Jumbo-Visma rider is at the moment serving a nine-month ban over his involvement in a crash on the opening stage of the WorldTour stage race final August.
Groenewegen, 27, deviated from his sprinting line within the remaining straight and compelled rival sprinter Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck – Fast-Step) into the barrier at excessive velocity.
Dutchman Groenewegen has now spoken concerning the aftermath of the crash, saying he obtained “critical threats” within the submit and that cops have been posted exterior his home for cover.
In an interview with Helden Magazine, Groenewegen mentioned: “There have been such concrete and critical threats that we known as within the police just a few days after the crash.
“The next days and weeks the police guarded our door. We may now not spontaneously depart the home. If I needed to go exterior for a second, there was an officer by my aspect in order that nothing may occur.”
Groenewegen mentioned he obtained threatening handwritten letters within the submit and was additionally despatched a noose.
He added: “What occurred right here? How is that this doable? What sick world will we stay in? Essentially the most loopy issues undergo your head. Getting off the bed within the morning was fairly a problem in that interval.”
The crash left Dutchman Jakobsen with extreme concussion and facial accidents, which have required a number of operations.
Jakobsen is just not but again to full well being, however he has been again on the bike and educated along with his team-mates at a winter camp in Spain.
He’s anticipated to race once more however has not set a date for his return.
Groenewegen, who suffered a damaged collarbone within the fall, was disqualified from the race, whereas the UCI introduced it might examine the incident and take into account disciplinary motion in opposition to Groenewegen.
The UCI disciplinary fee later dominated that Groenewegen deviated from his sprinting line within the remaining, committing a violation of the UCI rules, handing the rider a nine-month ban.
Groenewegen’s suspension is back-dated to August 5, the day of the crash, so he is not going to be eligible to race once more till Might 7, 2021.
He’s anticipated to return to racing on the Tour of Hungary and can journey quite a lot of smaller stage races all through 2021, together with the ZLM Tour, the Tour of Wallonia and the Tour of Guangxi.