Young Belgian cyclist Bjorg Lambrecht died in hospital on Monday at the age of 22 after crashing at the Tour of Poland, 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.
Polish news website Onet reported Lambrecht collided with a concrete structure around 30 kilometres into the race after it suddenly began to rain.
He was resuscitated on the spot, then taken in a critical condition to a hospital in the southern city of Rybnik, where he died on the operating table, according to Onet.
The biggest tragedy possible that could happen to the family, friends and teammates of Bjorg has happened… Rest in peace Bjorg… ❤️ pic.twitter.com/9u9LZkp2Rt
— Lotto Soudal (@Lotto_Soudal) August 5, 2019
Lambrecht was regarded as one of Belgium’s most promising riders, winning the U23 Liege-Bastogne-Liege race in 2017.
He was riding his second season at WorldTour level after finishing second in the U23 World Championships last year. Lambrecht claimed the youth classification after finishing 12th in this year’s Criterium du Dauphine.