22-year-old Belgian pro cyclist Bjorg Lambrecht died Monday from injuries he suffered from a crash during a race in Poland.
Lambrecht was considered as one of the rising young stars of the cycling world. He was competing in the 3rd stage of the Tour de Pologne , a week-long event, when he crashed hard into a concrete structure and struck his head. The crash occurred on an area of the road that was completely flat. It was raining throughout the day. Lambrecht was taken to hospital in a helicopter following the crash. Doctors performed emergency surgery but he died during the operation. Lambrecht's team released a statement on Monday saying "The biggest tragedy possible that could happen to the family, friends and teammates of Bjorg has happened… Rest in peace Bjorg."
Lambrecht won the U23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2017 and placed high in several other competitions. "I hope I have a good condition to make some good results for me and the team," he said shortly before the crash. He joined Lotto-Soudal in 2018. The Tour de Poland is a seven-day race that usually covers between 600 and 700 miles. It's part of the men's World Tour for cycling. German rider Pascal Ackermann won the stage of the race. “Today, the result of the race doesn’t matter,” he said. He sent his condolences to Lambrecht’s family, friends and to Lotto Soudal.