'An extraordinary day of racing': A memory of Bjorg Lambrecht

Author Peter Cossins remembers the young Belgian’s pivotal role in an extraordinary day of racing

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I didn’t know Bjorg Lambrecht and don’t remember ever exchanging a word with him, but the young Belgian did play a central role on one of the most memorable days I’ve ever spent watching bike racing, and it’s for his part in that that I will primarily remember him.

It took place during the 2017 edition of the Ronde de l’Isard, an under-23 race that takes place largely in the Ariège region of the Pyrenees and often highlights some of the best upcoming talents who are about to break through into the pro ranks. That year’s ‘queen’ stage, which took the riders over the 2,001-metre Port de Pailhères, the Col de Chioula and finished at Plateau de Beille, was worthy of the Tour de France in terms of its difficulty and would draw attention to some outstanding prospects.

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Peter Cossins has been writing about professional cycling since 1993, with his reporting appearing in numerous publications and websites including Cycling WeeklyCycle Sport and Procycling - which he edited from 2006 to 2009. Peter is the author of several books on cycling - The Monuments, his history of cycling's five greatest one-day Classic races, was published in 2014, followed in 2015 by Alpe d’Huez, an appraisal of cycling’s greatest climb. Yellow Jersey - his celebration of the iconic Tour de France winner's jersey won the 2020 Telegraph Sports Book Awards Cycling Book of the Year Award.