The cycling world is in mourning after the tragic death of the extremely talented young professional rider Bjorg Lambrecht.
Bjorg, just 22yo, passed away after a serious crash at the Tour of Poland.
Many Aussie cycling fans would remember Bjorg for his stubborn perseverance at the 2018 Santos Tour Down Under. The young rider, then 20yo, made news for being omitted from the Tour by the UCI due a technical race license issue.
Refusing to give in after having flown across the world to participate in his first UCI event – and support none other than then team leader Andre Greipel – Bjorg set about riding every kilometre of each stage of the Tour ahead of the peloton.
He soon became a fan favourite. Proudly riding his team bike in full team kit, with a second bike computer on his bars with route directions of each stage, he completed he task solo in the stifling South Australian heat.
Bicycling Australia caught up and spent time with the likeable young pro during that time. Positive, friendly, upbeat, incredibly talented and a gem of a young man, he oozed personality and was certainly a star of the future.
Lotto Soudal issued a statement shortly after the tragic news broke – here it is in full.
‘The biggest tragedy possible that could happen to the family, friends and teammates of Bjorg has become reality today… Lotto Soudal is deeply saddened to inform that 22-year-old rider Bjorg Lambrecht passed away following a crash in the Tour de Pologne today. The entire Lotto Soudal team would like to express its deepest condolences to the family, friends, teammates and all the loved ones of Bjorg. May you rest in peace, Bjorg…’
Bicycling Australia send our deepest regards to family, friends, and teammates of the talented young rider – may he forever Rest in Peace.