Tweet of the Day: WorldTour Teams React To Deadly Crash at the Tour of Poland
"Today, the result of the race doesn't matter"
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 kilometers (19 miles) 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.
“It wasn’t a high-speed descent. It was a straight and wide road. He had a moment of hesitation, he left the asphalt and the tragedy occurred,” said race director Czeslaw Lang.
“The injuries were so serious that we called for a helicopter and an ambulance. He was transported to hospital. His heart started beating again but he sadly died” during the operation, Lang said, quoted by PAP agency.
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.
Alejandro Valverde, the world road race champion in 2018, echoed Ackermann’s comments 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.
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
Sometimes, life is simply not fair. So, so young, with so many things yet to do. All of our thoughts are with the family, friends and @Lotto_Soudal team-mates of Bjorg Lambrecht. Rest in peace. https://t.co/7SoCxybBCo
— Movistar Team (@Movistar_Team) August 5, 2019
Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers in these awfully hard moments go to the family, friends and team of Bjorg Lambrecht, who passed away today after a crash at the Tour de Pologne. May his soul rest in peace!
— Deceuninck-QuickStep (@deceuninck_qst) August 5, 2019
The #PinkArgyle family is deeply saddened today as we learn of Bjorg Lambrecht's passing. We hold Bjorg's family, friends, @Lotto_Soudal team and the greater cycling family in our hearts. Tailwinds Bjorg 💕 https://t.co/aXhFBsJkYs
— EF Education First Pro Cycling (@EFprocycling) August 5, 2019
— Team INEOS (@TeamINEOS) August 5, 2019
What tragic, tragic news… our thoughts & condolences go out to the family, friends and @Lotto_Soudal teammates of Bjorg.
Rest in peace, Bjorg. ❤️ https://t.co/sKKGXMfPfZ
— Team Dimension Data (@TeamDiData) August 5, 2019
— Trek-Segafredo (@TrekSegafredo) August 5, 2019
We @JumboVismaRoad are saddened to hear about the passing of Bjorg Lambrecht. Our deepest thoughts go to Bjorg's family, friends and the entire @Lotto_Soudal team in these difficult times. Rest in peace ♥️ https://t.co/1caW3XnOr3
— Team Jumbo-Visma cycling (@JumboVismaRoad) August 5, 2019
The riders and staff of @CCCProTeam are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Bjorg Lambrecht. Our deepest sympathies go out to Bjorg’s family and friends and the entire @Lotto_Soudal team at this incredibly sad time. Rest in peace, Bjorg. https://t.co/JjBXFR64wH
— CCC Team (@CCCProTeam) August 5, 2019
Deeply shocked. Everyone from Team Sunweb sends our condolences to his family, friends and the team. RIP Bjorg ❤ https://t.co/QHChyYfHpj
— Team Sunweb (@TeamSunweb) August 5, 2019
— Mitchelton-SCOTT (@MitcheltonSCOTT) August 5, 2019
“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.” – Pascal Ackermann https://t.co/GP0aVH8kFq
— BORA – hansgrohe (@BORAhansgrohe) August 5, 2019
It is an enormous tragedy and it is hard to find words to express our sorrow. Bjorg Lambrecht was so young and so talented… This is a huge impact on all world of cycling. We express our deepest condolences to the family and @Lotto_Soudal team… https://t.co/2MYNI0IdgO
— Astana Pro Team (@AstanaTeam) August 5, 2019
— Team KATUSHA ALPECIN (@katushacycling) August 5, 2019