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Bjorg Lambrecht (2 April 1997 – 5 August 2019) was a Belgian cyclist, who rode for UCI WorldTeam Lotto–Soudal.[2] In August 2018, he was named in the startlist for the 2018 Vuelta a España.[3] He died on 5 August 2019 after crashing into a concrete culvert during the third stage of the 2019 Tour de Pologne.[4]

Bjorg Lambrecht
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Lambrecht in 2016.
Personal information
Full nameBjorg Lambrecht
Born(1997-04-02)2 April 1997
Ghent, Belgium
Died5 August 2019(2019-08-05) (aged 22)
Rybnik, Poland
Height168 cm (5 ft 6 in)
Weight56 kg (123 lb)
Team information
DisciplineRoad
RoleCyclist
Amateur team(s)
2016–2017Lotto–Soudal U23
Professional team(s)
2018–2019Lotto–Soudal[1]

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Early life and familyEdit

Lambrecht came from the Belgian village of Knesselare, situated between Bruges and Ghent. He was born to Kurt and Anje Lambrecht and had a sister, Britt.[5]

CareerEdit

In 2015, Lambrecht became the Belgian national junior champion, relegating Glen Van Nuffelen and Stijn Goolaerts to second and third places respectively.[6]

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).[7][8] 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.[9]

At the beginning of 2017, he won Liège–Bastogne–Liège U23 race by beating his three fellow poursuivants in the sprint.[10] 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.[11]

In 2018, Lambrecht turned professional with Lotto–Soudal.[12] 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.[5]

DeathEdit

Lambrecht crashed into a concrete culvert during stage three of the 2019 Tour de Pologne.[13] The cause of the crash is unknown, no other rider appeared to have been involved.[14] He was taken to hospital in Rybnik by ambulance, but died during surgery.[4] Out of respect for Lambrecht, the fourth stage of the race was neutralised, allowing riders to honour his memory.[15] 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.[16] 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".[14] On 11 August, a minute's silence was held before the 2019 European Road Championships in honour of Lambrecht.[17]

Major resultsEdit

The following are some of the major achievements of Lambrecht.[18][19]

2015
1st   Road race, National Junior Road Championships
Driedaagse van Axel
1st   Mountains classification
1st Stage 4
2nd Overall Oberösterreich Juniorenrundfahrt
1st   Mountains classification
3rd Overall GP Général Patton
1st   Mountains classification
3rd Trofeo Emilio Paganessi
3rd La Philippe Gilbert Juniors
4th Overall Trofeo Karlsberg
2016
1st   Overall Ronde de l'Isard
1st   Points classification
1st   Young rider classification
1st   Mountains classification
1st Stage 1
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
2017
1st   Overall Grand Prix Priessnitz spa
1st   Points classification
1st Stage 2
1st Liège-Bastogne-Liège Espoirs
2nd Overall Giro della Valle d'Aosta
1st   Points classification
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
1st   Young rider classification
10th Overall Circuit des Ardennes
2018
2nd   Road race, UCI Road World Under–23 Championships
2nd Overall Tour des Fjords
1st   Young rider classification
1st Stage 3
2019
1st   Young rider classification Critérium du Dauphiné
4th La Flèche Wallonne
5th Brabantse Pijl
6th Amstel Gold Race


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "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).
  2. ^ "Lotto-Soudal". Directvelo (in French). Association Le Peloton. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  3. ^ "2018: 73rd Vuelta a España: Start List". Pro Cycling Stats. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Bjorg Lambrecht dies at age 22". CyclingNews. 5 August 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  5. ^ a b Brown, Gregor (6 August 2019). "Obituary: Bjorg Lambrecht, 1997 – 2019". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  6. ^ "National Championships Belgium MJ – Road Race (NC)". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  7. ^ Freddy De Geest (23 May 2016). "Twee jaar na Louis Vervaeke wint Bjorg Lambrecht". Het Nieuwsblad. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  8. ^ Freddy De Geest (24 May 2016). ""Een droom die uitkomt"". Het Nieuwsblad. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Pro Cyclist Bjorg Lambrecht Dies After Tour de Pologne Race". popculture.com. Retrieved 6 August 2019
  10. ^ Press, Associated (5 August 2019). "Bjorg Lambrecht dies after crash during Tour of Poland cycling race". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Bjorg Lambrecht – 2017 Season". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Breaking news: Bjorg Lambrecht extends with two years!". Lotto-Soudal. 5 June 2019. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  13. ^ "Belgian cyclist Lambrecht dies after crash at Tour of Poland". Eurosport. 5 August 2019. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  14. ^ a b "Bjorg Lambrecht's death caused by internal hemorrhage". cyclingnews.com. 7 August 2019. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ Ballinger, Alex (6 August 2019). "Organisers neutralise Tour of Poland stage four after tragic death of Bjorg Lambrecht". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  17. ^ "European Road Championships: Elia Viviani wins after Bjorg Lambrecht tribute". bbc.co.uk. 11 August 2019. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  18. ^ Archives, Cycling. "Bjorg Lambrecht". www.cyclingarchives.com. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  19. ^ "Bjorg Lambrecht". www.procyclingstats.com. Retrieved 6 August 2019.

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