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Promising young Belgian cyclist Bjorg Lambrecht dies following Tour of Poland crash


Bjorg Lambrecht (left) celebrates on the podium of the eighth and last stage of the 71st edition of the Criterium du Dauphine cycling race in June. (ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)

A promising Belgian cyclist died Monday after suffering a fatal injury during the Tour of Poland.

Bjorg Lambrecht, 22, crashed during the third stage, which went from Chorzow to Zabrze, about 60 miles from the end of the stage, according to the BBC.

He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died.

“The biggest tragedy possible that could happen to the family, friends and teammates of Bjorg has happened ... Rest in peace Bjorg,” his racing team Lotto Soudal tweeted Monday.

Officials said that the young cyclist crashed when he struck a culvert.

“There are no words to describe this tragedy,” race organizers said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with his family, friends, team and the whole cycling community.”

It was Lambrecht’s second season riding in the elite level of professional cycling. He had finished strong several times during one-day classics in the spring and was named most promising youngster in the June tour of the Dauphine, a preparatory event of the Tour de France.

The third stage, about 93 miles, was captured by German cyclist Pascal Ackermann.

With News Wire Services