Bjorg Lambrecht’s team-mates lead peloton across the finish on stage four of Tour of Poland 2019

The stage was neutralised and a procession was held in memory of the 22-year-old

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Bjorg Lambrecht’s team-mates led the peloton across the finish line of stage four of the Tour of Poland, as a procession was held in memory of the 22-year-old.

Lotto-Soudal rider Lambrecht suffered a fatal crash 48km into stage three of the week-long race, being rushed to hospital where he passed away shortly after.

Organisers of the Tour of Poland decided to neutralise the race the following day and hold a shortened procession stage in memory of Lambrecht.

>>> Obituary: Bjorg Lambrecht, 1997 – 2019 

The planned 173.3km course from Jaworzno to Kocierz was shortened to 133.7km, with the peloton only taking on one lap of the finishing circuit.

Deceuninck - Quick-Step lead the peloton during the neutralised stage (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)
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Lambrecht’s Lotto-Soudal team-mates at the Tour of Poland led the peloton for the opening 48km of the stage, before the race was stopped for an emotional minute’s silence.

Lotto riders Sander Armée, Carl Fredrik Hagen, Tomasz Marczyński, Harm Vanhoucke, Jelle Wallays and Enzo Wouters stopped at the front of the bunch for the silence, surrounded by team staff.

Each team then took turns pulling at the front of the bunch at a set speed of around 35km/h for the remainder of the stage.

The entire peloton was clearly affected by the awful news of the previous day, as riders lined up in team colours across the road. Some teams wore black armbands as a mark of respect.

The stage culminated with Lotto-Soudal leading the bunch to the finish, stopping ahead of their fellow riders for another moment of reflection.

A black banner had been put up in place of a finish line, with Lambrecht’s name and his race number 143 in white letters.

A minute's silence was held at the 48km mark (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)
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Belgian team Lotto released a tribute to Lambrecht on Tuesday (August 6), the day after his death, as the team rolled through a neutralised stage four of the Tour of Poland in his memory.

The team said: “During the 2016 cycling season, as a first year U23, everybody was talking about Bjorg, within and also outside the peloton. Words like ‘pocket climber’, ‘rough diamond’, ‘puncher’, ‘Grand Tour hope’ were used.

“With playful determination, he integrated into the world of professional cycling. Team-mates and staff appreciated his work ethic and humility, opponents discovered his talent, and the media appreciated his nuanced but clear story.”

>>> ‘An extraordinary day of racing’: A memory of Bjorg Lambrecht 

The team said that Lambrecht had got on well with German sprinter André Greipel, who left Lotto last season, and domestique Sander Armée, also sharing a room with older rider Lars Bak and youngster Harm Vanhoucke.

Lambrecht was also friends with Tour de France winner Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) and Katusha-Alpecin’s Steff Cras, as all three joined the WorldTour at the same time.

The Tour of Poland 2019 continues on stage five with a return to planned race from Wielickza to Bielsko-Biała over 153.8km, with Bora-Hansgrohe’s Pascal Ackermann still in the leader’s jersey.

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Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.