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Belgian rider Bjorg Lambrecht died on Monday following a crash during the third stage of the Tour of Poland.
Lambrecht’s Lotto-Soudal team confirmed the news via social media.
“The biggest tragedy possible that could happen to the family, friends and teammates of Bjorg has happened. Rest in peace Bjorg,” the team wrote.
Lambrecht was 22 years old and in his second season with the Belgian WorldTour team.
According to Polish media, Lambrecht lost control on a rainy and wet section of the course and crashed into a road culvert at high speed. The crash occurred near the town of Zory in Southern Poland, near the Czech border. It was approximately 30 kilometers into Monday’s stage.
Doctors were able to resuscitate him at the scene of the accident, and he was sent to a nearby hospital in nearby Rybnik to undergo surgery. According to a spokesperson from the hospital, Lambrecht was in critical condition when he arrived. Unfortunately Lambrecht died during surgery.
Throughout the day pro teams and riders took to social media to mourn Lambrecht and to offer their condolences to his friends and family.
We here at VeloNews are deeply saddened by the loss of Bjorg Lambrecht, and also offer our thoughts to his friends and family.
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
Heartbroken. Rest In Peace Bjorg, you‘ll be missed. https://t.co/2GWB0jENaN
— Simon Geschke (@simongeschke) August 5, 2019
We @JumboVismaRoad are saddened to hear about the passing of Bjorg Lambrecht. Our deepest thoughts go to Bjorg's family, friends and the entire @Lotto_Soudal team in these difficult times. Rest in peace ♥️ https://t.co/1caW3XnOr3
— Team Jumbo-Visma cycling (@JumboVismaRoad) August 5, 2019
Deeply shocked. Everyone from Team Sunweb sends our condolences to his family, friends and the team. RIP Bjorg ❤ https://t.co/QHChyYfHpj
— Team Sunweb (@TeamSunweb) August 5, 2019