The cycling world is mourning the loss of young Belgian rider Bjorg Lambrecht, who has died during a crash at the Tour of Poland. The 22-year-old crashed on stage three of the race from Chorzow to Zabrze, and was immediately flown by helicopter to hospital where he later died.
Race director Czeslaw Lang said: “It wasn’t a high-speed descent. It was a straight and wide road. He had a moment of hesitation, he left the asphalt and the tragedy occurred. “The injuries were so serious that we called for a helicopter and an ambulance. He was transported to hospital. His heart started beating again but he sadly died during the operation.” A statement from his team Lotto-Soudal added: “The biggest tragedy possible that could happen to the family, friends and team-mates of Bjorg has happened. Rest in peace.”
German Pascal Ackermann claimed the stage after the win was taken from Fabio Jakobsen for an irregular sprint heading into the finish line, but said the result did not 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,” he added.