The cycling community has paid tribute to the sudden loss of one of its own, Bjorg Lambrecht, who tragically died following a crash during stage 3 at the Tour de Pologne on Monday. Lambrecht was just 22 years old.
Lambrecht, who raced for the WorldTour team Lotto Soudal, crashed into a concrete culvert partway through the 150km stage, although it is unclear why he fell. Race doctors provided medical treatment to Lambrecht at the side of the road but his condition didn't allow him to be transported to hospital by helicopter. He was taken to hospital by ambulance where he later died during surgery.
Race organisers cancelled the post-race ceremonies as the cycling community mourns the loss of Lambrecht.
Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe), who won the stage, expressed his condolences to Lambrecht's family and teammates at Lotto Soudal. "Today, the result of the race doesn't matter. I was devastated to hear today's tragic news and I would like to personally send my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Bjorg Lambrecht and everyone at Lotto - Soudal," Ackermann said.
"Everyone at Bora-hansgrohe is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Bjorg Lambrecht. Our deepest sympathies go out to Bjorg's family and friends and the Lotto-Soudal team at this very sad time. The cycling family is deeply shocked and heartbroken about this sad news."
Lambrecht was a fast-rising talent in the professional cycling world. He recently took 12th place and won the best young rider classification at the Critérium du Dauphiné. He also won the under-23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège and placed second in the Tour de l'Avenir, Giro Ciclistico della Valle d'Aosta Mont Blanc, Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc and Ronde de l'Isard in 2017. Last year, he won the silver medal in the under-23 road race at the Innsbruck World Championships.
Organisers of Ronde de l'Isard issued a press release noting the "special relationship" Lambrecht had with the race, where he demonstrated his talents in 2016 with the overall win, all the other classifications and a stage atop Goulier-Neige, Ariège. The next year he was second to Pavel Sivakov (now with Team Ineos), and won a stage at the Plateau de Beille.
''Bjorg Lambrecht will be remembered for ever as a talented cyclist and an incredibly kind person'', said Guy Sans, the chairman of the organising committee and the head of volunteer's staff.
Cyclingnews would like to extend its condolences to Bjorg's family, friends and teammates.
The biggest tragedy possible that could happen to the family, friends and teammates of Bjorg has happened… Rest in peace Bjorg...pic.twitter.com/9u9LZkp2Rt— Lotto Soudal (@Lotto_Soudal) August 5, 2019
Such an incredibly sad day here in Poland and across the cycling world.— Mark Cavendish (@MarkCavendish) August 5, 2019
To the family, friends and teammates of @bjorg_lambrecht, all our thoughts and sympathies are with you.
Rest In Peace Bjorg. May your star continue to shine as brightly as it did in cycling. pic.twitter.com/DvvcIPIaDt
Deeply saddened by the tragic news of a young rider that lost his life today in a race crash. Rest In Peace @bjorg_lambrecht . Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and his team , @Lotto_Soudal. https://t.co/we33rayibQ— IsraelCyclingAcademy (@yallaACADEMY) August 5, 2019
The UCI is extremely saddened by the passing of Bjorg Lambrecht. The cycling community has today lost a rising star.— UCI (@UCI_cycling) August 5, 2019
Our thoughts are with Bjorg’s family, friends and his entire @Lotto_Soudal team. RIP Bjorgpic.twitter.com/1qRYTsMm11
Horrified to read the news about Bjorg Lambrecht's death. So young and such a talent. I'll remember him winning the 'queen' stage of the 2017 @RondeIsard at Plateau de Beille ahead of Pavel Sivakov. My condolences to his family, friends and teammates— Peter Cossins (@petercossins) August 5, 2019
Hoy no se puede hablar de otra cosa más que la trágica muerte de Bjorg Lambrecht. Apoyo a su familia, a sus seres queridos, a su equipo y a todos los que lo conocían mejor que yo. Les deseo mucha fuerza y estoy con ellos. https://t.co/2YYa0Dfpgz— Fernando Gaviria (@FndoGaviria) August 5, 2019
- A young and very talented Belgian rider Bjorg Lambrecht passed away today. This is a real grief for the world of cycling. We are all shocked by what happened, it is impossible to express with words the entire brunt of the loss for all professional peloton.— Astana Pro Team (@AstanaTeam) August 5, 2019
Tristesse et consternation. Vainqueur de notre épreuve en 2016, deuxième en 2017, Bjorg laisse le souvenir d'un immense talent en montagne et d'un garçon toujours aussi gentil et souriant. La Ronde de L’Isard s’associe à la peine des proches de Bjorg Lambrecht, disparu à 22 ans. pic.twitter.com/rNY6SdepWc— Ronde de l'Isard (@RondeIsard) August 5, 2019
Everyone at BORA - hansgrohe is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Bjorg Lambrecht. Our deepest sympathies go out to Bjorg’s family and friends and the @Lotto_Soudal team at this very sad time.— BORA – hansgrohe (@BORAhansgrohe) August 5, 2019
Rest in peace, Bjorg.
News of the tragic loss of Bjorg Lambrecht is such a blow. An amazing rider with greatness his destination. The journey came to an end for him today. So very sad— Carlton Kirby (@carltonkirby) August 5, 2019
Terrible nouvelle pour le cyclisme aujourd'hui...— AG2RLM Pro Cycling Team (@AG2RLMCyclisme) August 5, 2019
Nous avons une grosse pensée pour toute l'équipe @Lotto_Soudal ainsi que les proches de @bjorg_lambrecht.
All our thoughts go to Bjorg's family and team. Cycling has lost a big champion today. RIPhttps://t.co/BGrhDAyiHa
An immensely sad day for cycling. Our thoughts are with family, friends, colleagues and everyone who has been touched by the tragic death of Bjorg Lambrecht. RIP Bjorg!https://t.co/6hZqw8I8dh— CCC-Liv Team (@CCCLivTeam) August 5, 2019
A talented rider has been taken from us far too soon. My thoughts are with all those close to Bjorg Lambrecht at this difficult time. https://t.co/lYJfQsNGjH— David Lappartient (@DLappartient) August 5, 2019
The biggest tragedy that could happen to the family, friends and teammates of Bjorg has happened tonight... Rest in peace, Bjorg...So proud to have been with you @bjorg_lambrecht and I will always remember our last stage together @Tour_de_Pologne . We will miss you @Lotto_Soudalpic.twitter.com/W0dPAsrgRU— John Lelangue (@johnlelangue) August 5, 2019
Devastating news. My thoughts with all Bjorg’s family and friends. So so sad https://t.co/kMBmf3SeXI— Geraint Thomas (@GeraintThomas86) August 5, 2019
Profundamente apenado por la pérdida de Bjorg Lambrecht, un ciclista que había demostrado mucho en muy pocos años. Mi más sentido pésame a familiares, amigos y equipo @Lotto_Soudal. DEP. https://t.co/RSim3wbuSM— alejandro valverde (@alejanvalverde) August 5, 2019