Evenepoel asks Groenewegen to be emptied and the Jumbo responds

The Belgian from Deceuninck believes that his teammates should not talk to the Dutch rider. Plugge responds: "With those words is part of the problem."

The hard fall of Fabio Jakobsen in the last Tour of Poland still continues to arouse controversy in the peloton almost seven months later, when the Dutch cyclist continues to rush the deadlines to compete again as soon as possible (he was admitted to the UCI because injuries) while Dylan Groenewegen also tries to turn the page while serving a nine-month sentence that will end next May.The last to rekindle the controversy was one of the leaders of the Deceuninck Quick-Step, the Belgian Remco Evenepoel, who in a statement to the magazine Humo suggested that both he and his teammates (Jakobsen included) should make Groenewegen the void in the peloton . "How will they get along in the future? We will have to find out. I don't think Fabio (Jakobsen) has to talk to Dylan (Groenewegen), the right thing to do would be to ignore him. And I think no one from our team will talk to him. He hurt a teammate and we cannot forget that ". In fact, Evenepoel was present with the Deceuninck Quick-Step on the Tour of Poland and dedicated his victory to Jakobsen in the fourth stage showing his number at the finish line.

The response to Evenepoel's words has not been long in coming and, in statements to the Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, the Jumbo-Visma manager Richard Plugge wanted to send this notice to Evenepoel after his words: "Evenepoel is part of the problem with his response It would be better if you thought carefully before making statements in the media. You should know "

Plugge himself revealed that Jakobsen and Groenewegen have been in contact since the time of the accident although they have not yet had a conversation. "Dylan is focused on his return at the Tour of Hungary and hopes that Fabio Jakobsen can also make a comeback very soon. Dylan and Fabio have been in contact but have not had a conversation yet. We will wait for better times."

Plugge was also very critical of Deceuninck Quick-Step's attitude towards his team after what happened and stated that he does not understand why Patrick Lefevere has complained only against them and not against the organizers of the Polish round. "So far we have only received the complaint from Patrick Lefevere. I don't know what will happen next, but it looks like it will be an insurance issue. Dylan deviated from his path. He has been punished for it and cannot be punished for the same thing twice. The consequences of the fall of Jakobsen are not only for Groenewegen, it also has to do with the organizers. I do not understand why Lefevere is not knocking on his door. There will no longer be a sprint at that goal in Katowice but the Polish organizers they have been punished and it annoys me that action is taken only after such an accident. "

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