WARSAW: After the crashing at the Tour of Poland, the 22-year-old Belgian cyclist Bjorg Lambrecht was reported died in the hospital on Monday, his team announced.
“The biggest tragedy possible that could happen to the family, friends and teammates of Bjorg has happened… Rest in peace Bjorg,“ Lotto-Soudal tweeted.
According to reports, Lambrecht collided with a concrete structure around 30 km into the race after it suddenly began to rain.
The rescue team tried to resuscitate him, then taken to a hospital in the southern city of Rybnik, but he died during the operation.
German Pascal Ackermann, who was handed the stage three victory after the win was taken from Fabio Jakobsen for an irregular sprint heading into the finish line, paid tribute to Lambrecht.
“Today, the result of the race doesn’t matter,“ Ackermann said.
“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.
Others like Alejandro Valverde, the world road race champion in 2018 also shared his sympathy over Lambrecht’s dead on Twitter.
“Deeply sorry for the loss of Bjorg Lambrecht, a cyclist who had demonstrated a lot in a few years,“ the Spaniard said.
“My deepest condolences to family, friends and team,“ he added.
Ackermann’s advantage is 12 seconds ahead of second-placed Fernando Gaviria after the 150.5km run between Chorzow and Zabrze.