Bjorg Lambrecht (2 April 1997 – 5 August 2019) was a Belgian cyclist, who rode for UCI WorldTeam Lotto–Soudal. In August 2018, he was named in the startlist for the 2018 Vuelta a España. He died on 5 August 2019 after crashing into a concrete culvert during the third stage of the 2019 Tour de Pologne.
Lambrecht in 2016.
|Full name||Bjorg Lambrecht|
|Born||2 April 1997|
|Died||5 August 2019 (aged 22)|
|Height||168 cm (5 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||56 kg (123 lb)|
Early life and familyEdit
In 2015, Lambrecht became the Belgian national junior champion, relegating Glen Van Nuffelen and Stijn Goolaerts to second and third places respectively.
In 2016, he caused a surprise by winning the opening stage of the Ronde de l'Isard. In the final stage he was sent in the wrong direction by the race management. The race jury recognized the error and so Lambrecht became the third Belgian to win this race after Yannick Eijssen (2010) and Louis Vervaeke (2014). Just under two weeks after his final win in France, Lambrecht took part in the Grand Prix Priessnitz spa race with a Belgian selection. Here he managed to win the last leg, with a sloping finish on cobbles in Jeseník, with a lead of a few seconds.
At the beginning of 2017, he won Liège–Bastogne–Liège U23 race by beating his three fellow poursuivants in the sprint. Later that year he was fifth in the Flèche Ardennaise race, second in the final classification of the Ronde de l'Isard, eighth in that of the Tour of the Jura, he won a stage and the final classification in the Grand Prix Priessnitz spa and became second in the final classifications of the Tour de Savoie Mont-Blanc, the Giro della Valle d'Aosta and the Tour de l'Avenir 2017.
In 2018, Lambrecht turned professional with Lotto–Soudal. In 2019, he recorded his biggest result as a professional, finishing fourth at the Flèche Wallonne race. In April of the same year, he signed a two-year contract extension with Lotto–Soudal.
Lambrecht crashed into a concrete culvert during stage three of the 2019 Tour de Pologne. The cause of the crash is unknown, no other rider appeared to have been involved. He was taken to hospital in Rybnik by ambulance, but died during surgery. Out of respect for Lambrecht, the fourth stage of the race was neutralised, allowing riders to honour his memory. The remaining members of the Lotto-Soudal team led the peloton in the first part of the race until kilometre 48, where Lambrecht had crashed the previous day, at which point the peloton stopped and a moment of silence was held. On 7 August 2019, Lotto–Soudal's team doctor, Maarten Meirhaeghe, said in a press statement that Lambrecht's death was caused by "a severe laceration to his liver that caused an internal hemorrhage and a cardiac arrest". On 11 August, a minute's silence was held before the 2019 European Road Championships in honour of Lambrecht.
- 1st Road race, National Junior Road Championships
- Driedaagse van Axel
- 2nd Overall Oberösterreich Juniorenrundfahrt
- 3rd Overall GP Général Patton
- 3rd Trofeo Emilio Paganessi
- 3rd La Philippe Gilbert Juniors
- 4th Overall Trofeo Karlsberg
- 1st Overall Ronde de l'Isard
- 2nd Road race, UEC European Under–23 Road Championships
- 3rd Piccolo Giro di Lombardia
- 4th Flèche Ardennaise
- 4th Overall Course de la Paix U23
- 1st Stage 3
- 10th Overall Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc
- 10th Overall Giro della Valle d'Aosta
- 1st Overall Grand Prix Priessnitz spa
- 1st Liège-Bastogne-Liège Espoirs
- 2nd Overall Giro della Valle d'Aosta
- 2nd Overall Ronde de l'Isard
- 1st Stage 3
- 2nd Overall Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc
- 2nd Overall Tour de l'Avenir
- 5th Flèche Ardennaise
- 8th Overall Tour du Jura
- 10th Overall Circuit des Ardennes
- 2nd Road race, UCI Road World Under–23 Championships
- 2nd Overall Tour des Fjords
- "Lotto Soudal unveil 2018 team kit". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 9 November 2017. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
New to the team for 2018 are Jens Keukeleire (Orica-Scott), Bjorg Lambrecht (neo-pro), Victor Campanaerts (LottoNL-Jumbo), Harm Vanhoucke and Lawrence Naeson [sic] (WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect).
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- Freddy De Geest (24 May 2016). ""Een droom die uitkomt"". Het Nieuwsblad. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
- "Pro Cyclist Bjorg Lambrecht Dies After Tour de Pologne Race". popculture.com. Retrieved 6 August 2019
- Press, Associated (5 August 2019). "Bjorg Lambrecht dies after crash during Tour of Poland cycling race". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
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- "Breaking news: Bjorg Lambrecht extends with two years!". Lotto-Soudal. 5 June 2019. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
- "Belgian cyclist Lambrecht dies after crash at Tour of Poland". Eurosport. 5 August 2019. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
- "Bjorg Lambrecht's death caused by internal hemorrhage". cyclingnews.com. 7 August 2019. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
- MacInnes, Paul (6 August 2019). "Tour de Pologne suspends racing in tribute to Bjorg Lambrecht". The Guardian. Guardian News & Media Limited. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
- Ballinger, Alex (6 August 2019). "Organisers neutralise Tour of Poland stage four after tragic death of Bjorg Lambrecht". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
- "European Road Championships: Elia Viviani wins after Bjorg Lambrecht tribute". bbc.co.uk. 11 August 2019. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
- Archives, Cycling. "Bjorg Lambrecht". www.cyclingarchives.com. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
- "Bjorg Lambrecht". www.procyclingstats.com. Retrieved 6 August 2019.