Deadly accident in Poland Tour: Bjorg Lambrecht (22) after a horror crash at the 3rd stage died
Belgian cyclist Bjorg Lambrecht (left) was fatally injured in the 2019 Poland Tour. Image: Expa / Reinhard Eisenbauer / APA / picture alliance / dpa
The 76th Tour of Poland has been overshadowed by the tragic death of Belgian cycling pro Bjorg Lambrecht. The 22-year-old crashed on Monday on the third leg from Chorzów to Zabrze. The accident was so heavy that Lambrecht had to be resuscitated and flown to the hospital with a helicopter. But the Belgian succumbed to his injuries, as his team Lotto Soudal and the tour organizers announced. "The biggest tragedy that the familyBjorg, friends and teammates could happen, happened ... Peace in peace Bjorg, "wrote the team.
Professional cyclist Bjorg Lambrecht (22) died after accident on tour in Poland
According to the tour organizers, Lambrecht is said to have died during an operation in the hospital in Rybnik. "There are no words to describe this tragedy, our thoughts are with His family, friends, team and the entire cycling community," it said in a statement. More detailed information was not available yet. Overall, there were numerous falls due to the adverse weather conditions with some heavy rainfall.
Deadly crash by Bjorg Lambrecht overshadows Poland Tour on Stage 3
"Today, the result of the race does not matter, I was devastated when I heard the tragic news and would like to express my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Bjorg Lambrecht and everyone at Lotto - Soudal," said the German Master Pascal Ackermann in a statement distributed by his team Bora-hansgrohe on Twitter. Lambrecht had finished fourth in the Flèche Wallonne and sixth in the Amstel Gold Race this year. He also won the Jungfahrer classification at the Dauphiné. "I can not believe how tragic our sport can be," tweeted André Greipel.
Poland Tour 2019: Fabio Jakobsen subsequently disqualified
Ackermann won the stage after the original winner Fabio Jakobsen (Quick Step) from the Netherlands was subsequently disqualified by the race director. The German champion extended his overall lead with his second win of the day. The fourth leg of the seven-day WorldTour Tour will run 150 miles (150.5 kilometers) from Jaworzno to the mountain finish in Kocierz at 698 meters on Tuesday.
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