Top Belgian cyclist Bjorg Lambrecht dies ‘on operating table’ aged 22 after horror crash at the Tour of Poland

CYCLIST Bjorg Lambrecht has tragically died “on the operating table” at the age of 22 after crashing at the Tour of Poland.

Crew Lotto-Soudal, who he rode for, confirmed the stunning loss in a tweet.

 Tragic Bjorg Lambrecht has died aged 22 after crashing at the Tour of Poand

Tragic Bjorg Lambrecht has died aged 22 after crashing at the Tour of PoandCredit score: Alamy
 The tragic cyclist is said to have died on the operating table after crashing into a concrete culvert

The tragic cyclist is claimed to have died on the operating desk after crashing right into a concrete culvertCredit score: Rex Options

They wrote: “The biggest tragedy possible that could happen to the family, friends and team-mates of Bjorg has happened… Rest in peace Bjorg.”

Whereas Tour de Pologne tweeted: “There are no words to describe this tragedy. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, team and the whole cycling community.”


The Belgian rider crashed right into a concrete culvert round 60 miles from the end line of the third stage from Chorzow to Zabrze.

Riders had been battling heavy rain as they raced close to Zory, a city roughly 200 miles to the south of capital Warsaw.

Sporadic downpours all through the day meant racing circumstances had been treacherous and Charles Planet and Adrian Kurek additionally crashed out in the latter phases.

Whereas their accidents had been nowhere close to as critical, Crew Lotto-Soudal confirmed Lambrecht was rushed to hospital in Rybnik by ambulance.

A helicopter was at the prepared however in keeping with reviews in Poland Lambrecht’s situation didn’t enable him to go by air.

It’s believed Lambrecht’s very important features had been restored by medical doctors however that he died throughout surgical procedure, in keeping with hospital spokesman Michal Sieron.

Tragic Lambrecht was considered one of Belgium’s most promising riders and in 2017 received the Underneath-23 model of the prestigious Liege-Bastogne-Liege race.

He was using in his second season at the prime degree and was second in the U23 World Championships final 12 months.

Lambrecht additionally received the Finest Younger Rider competitors at the Criterium de Dauphine in June.


Crew Ineos, who depend former Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas amongst their riders, tweeted their condolences.

A message learn: “The thoughts of everyone at Team Ineos are with Bjorg’s family, friends and all at @Lotto_Soudal. May he rest in peace.”

World champion Alejandro Valverde additionally mentioned: “Deeply sorry for the loss of Bjorg Lambrecht, a cyclist who had demonstrated lots in a number of years.

“My deepest condolences to family, friends and team.”


Valverde’s Movistar teammate additionally paid his condolences and mentioned: “Generally, life is solely not honest. So younger with so many issues but to do.

“All our ideas are with the household, buddies and Lotto-Soudal teammates of Bjorg Lambrecht.

“Rest in peace.”

Lambrecht tweeted simply two days in the past that he was excited to race in the Tour of Poland.

He wrote: “After our training camp at Livigno, it’s time to focus now on racing again. Ready for @Tour_de_Pologne in our brand new Lotto Fix All outfit.”

Pascal Ackermann of Bora-Hansgrohe received stage three after Fabio Jackson – who crossed the line first – was penalised for shoving one other rider earlier in the race however the German was not concerned about the consequence.

Ackermann mentioned: “At present, the consequence of the race doesn’t matter.

“I used to be devastated to listen to today’s tragic news and I wish to personally ship my deepest condolences to the household and buddies of Bjorg Lambrecht and everybody at Lotto-Soudal.”

And Essex rider Alex Dowsett added: “My thoughts to Bjorg’s family, friends and everyone at Lotto Soudal, such tragic news. Relaxation in peace.”

 Lambrecht was one of the cycling world's up and coming stars

Lambrecht was one of the biking world’s up and coming starsCredit score: Rex Options
 Initial reports indicated Lambrecht had been resuscitated

Preliminary reviews indicated Lambrecht had been resuscitatedCredit score: Alamy
 The cyclist was said to have passed away on the operating table after the crash

The cyclist was mentioned to have handed away on the operating desk after the crashCredit score: Alamy

CYCLIST Bjorg Lambrecht has tragically died “on the operating table” at the age of 22 after crashing at the Tour of Poland.