Tour of Poland: Deadly fall of Bjorg Lambrecht
Belgian rider Bjorg Lambrecht died after a heavy crash at the third stage of the cycling Tour de Pologne on Monday, his team Lotto Soudal announced.
“The greatest tragedy that can happen to the family, friends and teammates of Bjorg has arrived … Rest in peace, Bjorg,” tweeted his Belgian team.
The 22-year-old, second in the last World Cup online hopes race, suddenly left the road and crashed into a ditch, at the 48th kilometer of the 150km stage between Chorzow and Zabrze (south).
According to the Polish media, he struck a concrete structure. “It was not a descent where we reached a high speed. It was a straight and wide road. He had a moment of hesitation, he left the asphalt and the tragedy happened, “said the race director, former rider Czeslaw Lang.
“The injuries were so bad that we called a helicopter and an ambulance. He was taken to the hospital. The activity of the heart resumed, but alas he died “during the operation, lamented Mr. Lang.
Bjorg Lambrecht became professional and joined the Lotto Soudal team in 2018.
He finished second in the 2017 Tour de l’avenir, behind Colombian Egan Bernal, winner of the Tour de France 2019. He also won Liège-Bastogne-Liège in the Under-23 category. Twelfth of Critérium du Dauphinée, he won the youth ranking.
A message of condolence addressed “to the family of Bjorg Lambrecht, his friends and all cycling enthusiasts” was posted on Twitter by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
Johan Bruyneel, the famous Belgian manager, declared himself “speechless”. “So young, so great talent and so great a future ahead of him,” he tweeted.
For his part, the French Pierre Latour recalled that he “was with us today at the start. Dirty day, “he wrote on his Twitter account, while Spaniard Alejandro Valverde, world champion 2018, said he was” deeply saddened by the disappearance of Bjorg Lambrecht, a cyclist who showed so much in so little of years. ”