Lotto Soudal say riders will make their own decisions about continuing Tour de Pologne

Lotto Soudal riders are free to make their own decisions about continuing in the Tour de Pologne after teammate Bjorg Lambrecht died from injuries suffered in a crash during Monday's stage.

In a series of tweets posted Tuesday evening to the team's official Twitter account, Lotto Soudal said team management had consulted with riders and staff, "and with the external advice of a trauma specialist," and decided the six remaining riders in the race would have "free choice" of starting stage 5 on Wednesday.

Lotto Soudal said most of the riders indicated they wanted to continue, but the final decisions would come Wednesday morning.

Lambrecht, 22, died Monday after crashing during stage 3 between Chorzów and Zabrze. The young Belgian was taken by ambulance to a hospital in nearby Rybnik, but he passed away during surgery to save his life.

Race organisers neutralised stage 4 of the race, which took place Tuesday on a shortened course. Each team took turns leading the procession before the Lotto Soudal riders led the peloton to the finish.

Speaking with a small group of reporters outside the Lotto Soudal team bus following Tuesday's neutralised homage to the rider, Lotto Soudal General Manager John Lelangue called the situation "a dramatic scenario".

"He's still one of our members," Lelangue said. "He stays as one of us, so we have to go on."

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