Van Aert on Groenewegen: "He made a big mistake, but it was painful to see the reaction"

Wout Van Aert spoke of the accident that his partner caused after Milan-San Remo. He criticized the prioritization of finding a culprit in Fabio Jakobsen's health.


Wout Van Aert was the main protagonist of this Saturday after achieving his first moment by beating Alaphilippe in the Milan-San Remo sprint. The Belgian wanted to take advantage of his media moment to throw a cape on his teammate Dylan Groenewegen. The Dutchman, as he himself has acknowledged, is the culprit Fabio Jakobsen's very serious accident in the first stage of the Tour of Poland, which has caused his team to separate him from the discipline of the team until everything that happened is resolved. These are difficult times for Groenewegen and Van Aert knows it.

"He made a big mistake, of course, but it was painful to see what the reaction was. At first we were worried about Fabio and I was quite surprised that the focus was not his state of health. In my opinion, the rest had to wait. It was quite strange to talk so early about who is the culprit, "said Van Aert.

The Belgian did not want to enter to assess the action, but he did acknowledge that the incident took its toll on the morale of Lotto Jumbo. "He was not in that race, so it is difficult to judge what happened there. I think when we were coming back from Milan-Turin on Wednesday, the atmosphere on the bus was not good. We all know Dylan personally and feel bad for him, we know he's a good guy, "he concluded.

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