Dylan Groenewegen has revealed he acquired dying threats and wanted police safety over his involvement in a crash on the Tour of Poland.
The Jumbo-Visma rider is at present 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 last straight and compelled rival sprinter Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck – Fast-Step) into the barrier at excessive pace.
Dutchman Groenewegen has now spoken concerning the aftermath of the crash, saying he acquired “severe threats” within the publish and that law enforcement officials have been posted outdoors his home for defense.
In an interview with Helden Magazine, Groenewegen mentioned: “There have been such concrete and severe threats that we referred to as within the police a couple of days after the crash.
“The next days and weeks the police guarded our door. We might not spontaneously go away the home. If I wished to go outdoors for a second, there was an officer by my aspect in order that nothing might occur.”
Groenewegen mentioned he acquired threatening handwritten letters within the publish and was additionally despatched a noose.
He added: “What occurred right here? How is that this potential? What sick world will we dwell 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 will not be but again to full well being, however he has been again on the bike and skilled together 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 contemplate disciplinary motion towards Groenewegen.
The UCI disciplinary fee later dominated that Groenewegen deviated from his sprinting line within the last, 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 plenty of smaller stage races all through 2021, together with the ZLM Tour, the Tour of Wallonia and the Tour of Guangxi.