The cycling world is in mourning after 22-year-old Bjorg Lambrecht tragically died following a crash during the Tour of Poland.
The Belgian, who was earmarked as one of the rising young stars of the cycling world, crashed while competing on the third stage of the race between Chorzow and Zabrze.
World champion Alejandro Valverde said: “Deeply sorry for the loss of Bjorg Lambrecht, a cyclist who had demonstrated a lot in a few years. My deepest condolences to family, friends and team.”
Profundamente apenado por la pérdida de Bjorg Lambrecht, un ciclista que había demostrado mucho en muy pocos años. Mi más sentido pésame a familiares, amigos y equipo @Lotto_Soudal. DEP. https://t.co/RSim3wbuSM
— alejandro valverde (@alejanvalverde) August 5, 2019
Pascal Ackermann, who won stage three after Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) was relegated, said: “Today, the result of the race doesn’t matter. 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.”
Such an incredibly sad day here in Poland and across the cycling world.
To the family, friends and teammates of @bjorg_lambrecht, all our thoughts and sympathies are with you.
Rest In Peace Bjorg. May your star continue to shine as brightly as it did in cycling. pic.twitter.com/DvvcIPIaDt
— Mark Cavendish (@MarkCavendish) August 5, 2019
Devastating news. My thoughts with all Bjorg’s family and friends. So so sad https://t.co/kMBmf3SeXI
— Geraint Thomas (@GeraintThomas86) August 5, 2019
— Team INEOS (@TeamINEOS) August 5, 2019
Speechless. When tragedies like this happen, I remain helpless trying to understand how fragile we are, doing every day the thing we love most. My thoughts go to his family and friends. Rest in peace Bjorg. pic.twitter.com/8HPlLBUQUH
— Elia Viviani (@eliaviviani) August 5, 2019
Sometimes it is difficult to write – I’m deeply shocked by the news that reached me after the finish of the third stage of @Tour_de_Pologne. My deepest condolences go to the family, the friends and the team @Lotto_Soudal of Bjorg Lambrecht. Very sad day for cycling#dege #dgnklb pic.twitter.com/Q9XYhusyjB
— John Degenkolb (@johndegenkolb) August 5, 2019
On peut faire second ou gagner, rire ou pleurer. Mais jamais, jamais, perdre la vie pour avoir envie d’essayer. Mes pensées les plus sincères aux proches de Bjorg.
— Romain Bardet (@romainbardet) August 5, 2019
— Steven Kruijswijk (@s_kruijswijk) August 5, 2019
— PHILIPPE GILBERT (@PhilippeGilbert) August 5, 2019