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Bjorg Lambrecht dies at age 22

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Bjorg Lambrecht during the Tour de Pologne teams presentation

Bjorg Lambrecht during the Tour de Pologne teams presentation (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Bjorg Lambrecht (Lotto Soudal)

Bjorg Lambrecht (Lotto Soudal) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bjorg Lambrecht won the best young riders classification in the 71st Criterium du Dauphine 2019

Bjorg Lambrecht won the best young riders classification in the 71st Criterium du Dauphine 2019 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Bjorg Lambrecht

Bjorg Lambrecht (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Bjorg Lambrecht during stage 6 of the Tour of Norway 2019

Bjorg Lambrecht during stage 6 of the Tour of Norway 2019 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Bjorg Lambrecht during stage 6 of the Tour of Norway 2019

Bjorg Lambrecht during stage 6 of the Tour of Norway 2019 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Bjorg Lambrecht during the 9th Tour of Norway 2019, Stage 1

Bjorg Lambrecht during the 9th Tour of Norway 2019, Stage 1 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Bjorg Lambrecht in the 2019 Amstel Gold Race

Bjorg Lambrecht in the 2019 Amstel Gold Race (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Bjorg Lambrecht won silver in the U23 Men's Road Race at the UCI Road World Championships 2018

Bjorg Lambrecht won silver in the U23 Men's Road Race at the UCI Road World Championships 2018 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Bjorg Lambrecht of Belgium during the U23 Men's Road Race at the UCI Road World Championships 2018

Bjorg Lambrecht of Belgium during the U23 Men's Road Race at the UCI Road World Championships 2018 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Bjorg Lambrecht on the podium at Tour des Fjors in 2018

Bjorg Lambrecht on the podium at Tour des Fjors in 2018 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Bjorg Lambrecht celebrates winning stage 3 of the Tour des Fjords in 2018

Bjorg Lambrecht celebrates winning stage 3 of the Tour des Fjords in 2018 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Bjorg Lambrecht wins stage 3 of the Tour des Fjords in 2018

Bjorg Lambrecht wins stage 3 of the Tour des Fjords in 2018 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Bjorg Lambrecht was awarded the Kristallen Fiets for promises

Bjorg Lambrecht was awarded the Kristallen Fiets for promises (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Bjorg Lambrecht (Lotto Soudal)

Bjorg Lambrecht (Lotto Soudal) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tour des Fjords stage 3 winner Bjorg Lambrecht (Lotto Soudal)

Tour des Fjords stage 3 winner Bjorg Lambrecht (Lotto Soudal) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)

The Lotto Soudal team confirmed that promising young Belgian Bjorg Lambrecht has died following a crash during stage 3 of the Tour de Pologne. According to reports, the 22-year-old crashed into a concrete culvert with just over 50km to go in the 150.5km stage from Chorzów to Zabrze.

Lambrecht was resuscitated and taken to a hospital in critical condition. Michał Sieroń, spokesman for Provincial Specialist Hospital No. 3 in Rybnik confirmed to Sport.pl that Lambrecht did not survive the surgery. Lambrecht's death was later confirmed by the Lotto Soudal team.

There were conflicting reports of the seriousness of his condition following the crash, with the official race Twitter announcing that Lambrecht "needed helicopter transport to a hospital following emergency reanimaton", while the race's live feed cited "unofficial information" that "doctors managed to bring life functions back to Bjorg Lambrecht (Lotto-Soudal), but his condition didn't allow for transportation by helicopter. He was taken to hospital by ambulance."

Lambrecht was an up-and-coming talent, having won the U23 Liège - Bastogne - Liège and come 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.

He turned professional with Lotto Soudal in 2018. This season he finished just shy of the podium in La Flèche Wallonne, the Amstel Gold Race and De Brabantse Pijl, and winning the young riders classification in the Critérium du Dauphiné, finishing 12th overall.

Lambrecht re-signed with Lotto Soudal for two more years in June.