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Belgian cyclist Bjorg Lambrecht dies after a crash in the Tour of Poland
Bjorg Lambrecht in June 2019. ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT / AFP

Belgian cyclist Bjorg Lambrecht, 22, died on Monday August 5th after a heavy crash at the third stage of the Tour de Pologne, his team Lotto Soudal announced.

 € œThe greatest tragedy that can happen to Bjorg's family, friends and crews has arrivedâ € | Rest in peace, Bjorg  », tweeted the team.

Bjorg Lambrecht struck a concrete structure on the side of the road, around the 30e kilometer from the 150 km stage between Chorzow and Zabrze (in the south of the country). Reactivated on the spot, he was transported to the Rybnik hospital, where he died, according to the Polish website Onet.

 € œThis wasnâ € ™ t a descent when you reached a high speed. It was a straight and wide road. He had a moment of hesitation, he left the asphalt and the tragedy happened. "said race director former rider Czeslaw Lang.

"The wounds were so bad that we called a helicopter and an ambulance. He was transported to the hospital. The activity of the heart has resumed, but, hey, he is disappointed » during the operation, complained Mr. Lang, quoted by the PAP agency.

Vice World Champion Hope

Bjorg Lambrecht became a professional and joined the Lotto Soudal team in 2018.

He had finished 2e of the 2017 Tour de l'Avenir, behind Colombian Egan Bernal, winner of the Tour de France 2019. He also won Liège-Bastogne-Liège under 23 years old. Twelfth of the Dauphinée's criterium, he won the ranking of the best young.

He was vice-champion of the world hope last year in Austria and had obtained good places in the Ardennes classics this season (4e of the Walloon Flèche and 6e of the Amstel Gold Race). Climber, he was considered the future star of Belgian cycling.

He is the fourth Belgian cyclist to have died in the race since March 2016.

"Sale day"

A condolence message addressed "To the family of Bjorg Lambrecht, his friends and all the cycling enthusiasts" has been posted on Twitter by the Polish Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki.

Johan Bruyneel, belgian manager, has declared "Voiceless". "So young, so great a talent and so great a future ahead of him", he tweeted.

On his side, the Frenchman Pierre Latour wrote that he "Was with us today at the start. Dirty day  » on his Twitter account, while Spaniard Alejandro Valverde, world champion 2018, has said "Deeply saddened by the passing of Bjorg Lambrecht, a cyclist who has shown so much in so few years".

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