The Deceuninck-Quick Step rider, 23, was left fighting for his life and underwent a five-hour operation immediately after the accident after sustaining severe injuries to the face.He awoke from the coma on Thursday and doctors initially estimated he could leave in around two weeks’ time following a period of rehabilitation.However, Jakobsen’s team said Tuesday his condition had “improved further” and that he would be moved to a hospital in his homeland.“Fabio Jakobsen’s condition is evolving favourably, to the extent that he will be transferred Wednesday to the hospital in Leiden, the Netherlands (LUMC), where further follow-up treatment of his injuries will take place,” read a statement.Jakobsen was thrown into and over a barrier at 80 kilometres (50 miles) an hour as he raced elbow-to-elbow with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen in the opening stage of the Tour of Poland in Katowice.Groenewegen, from the Jumbo-Visma team, veered suddenly to the right, squeezing his compatriot into the security wall. Jakobsen somersaulted over the barriers before colliding with a race official.Groenewegen went on to win the stage but was later disqualified. He has been suspended by his team pending an investigation from the UCI, cycling’s governing body.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOUTH WHITTIER – Designers of the new South Whittier Shuttle route hope simplicity will be the key to the service’s success when it makes its debut later this month. The shuttle’s 11-mile route will “go into a lot of residential areas,” making it easy for riders to “walk to the bus stops from their houses,” said John Huang, Los Angeles County Department of Public Works’ programs development division. Huang spoke to residents at a meeting Monday about the new service. Vans will stop at doctor’s offices, shops and parks along the route, he said. Designers also made a point of keeping the route, which runs from the Whittwood Town Center to Sorenson Park in South Whittier, to about 55 minutes, ensuring that shuttle vans arrive at stops once an hour. “This shuttle is exciting news” for the community, which is not covered by any other public transportation system, Whittier County Community Coordinating Council President Ralph Pacheco said. The shuttle will cost 25 cents per ride, or $11 for a monthly pass. The service will accept MTA passes and will connect with MTA buses and trains. Two 18-passenger vans will operate on the line when the service begins, leaving from the South Whittier Community Resource Center for an inaugural ride on Jan. 21. In July the service will receive two new 29-passenger El Dorado EZ-Rider II Max buses, which will be purchased through a grant secured with the help of Rep. Linda Sanchez, R-Lakewood. At a community presentation Monday led by Huang, some residents said they hope the route eventually will be expanded. “It looks like they covered all the parks. Maybe next time they can do the schools,” Whittier resident Nancy Sullivan said. Huang said an expansion would depend on how successful the service becomes. The service would need 20-30 riders per route before officials would consider expanding it, he said. A kickoff celebration for the new shuttle service will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Community Resource Center, 10750 Laurel Ave. People can ride the shuttle for free through the end of this month. The shuttle will run from 8a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call (626) 458-5960, or visit www.southwhittiershuttle.info. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026