Dylan Groenewegen — a pro cyclist from the Netherlands — was just hit with a 9-month ban for causing the horrific crash that left his rival in a coma.
The incident took place back in August … 27-year-old Groenewegen squeezed fellow Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen into a wall while on a finishing spring during the Tour of Poland — causing Jakobsen to flip over some signage and crash face-first into a solid barrier.
Jakobsen sustained major injuries in the wreck — including “severe” wounds to his face — and was placed in a medically-induced coma to help his recovery.
Jakobsen also underwent reconstructive surgery on his face and jaw, according to the AP.
Now, the International Cycling Union has dished out punishment — banning Groenewegen from competition for 9 months … meaning he won’t be able to race again until May 7.
Groenewegen issued a statement through his reps saying, “The crash in the first stage of the Tour of Poland will forever be a black page in my career.”
He added, “I follow the news of Fabio’s recovery very closely. I can only hope that one day he will return completely.”
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