Lotto-Soudal reflect on ‘immeasurable loss’ of Bjorg Lambrecht

The emerging talent died after a crash at the Tour of Poland

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Lotto-Soudal have reflected on the ‘immeasurable loss’ of Bjorg Lambrecht.

Lambrecht, an emerging Belgian talent who had already achieved stand-out results, died after a crash 50km into stage three of the Tour of Poland.

The 22-year-old’s death has left the cycling community stunned, including Lotto-Soudal, where Lambrecht had honed his skills with the under-23 team  before moving up to the WorldTour squad last year.

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.  

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

The team said: “There was new talent. Young, fresh and hopeful riders are very often part of the development team of Kurt Van de Wouwer and, by extension, the entire Belgian under-23 pool. That talent is skilfully further moulded and the riders with just that little extra immediately make the step to the WorldTour, preferably to Lotto-Soudal.

“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.”

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-Alpecine’s Steff Cras, as all three joined the WorldTour at the same time.

>>> Obituary: Bjorg Lambrecht, 1997 – 2019 

Lotto Soudal added: “Every year, the world of sports is unfortunately shocked by having to say goodbye to – in an unexpected and unreal way - men and women, boys and girls, on their way to chase their dreams.

“Again and again, there is the immeasurable and lasting loss of their child, partner, brother and sister. Again and again, the sympathy is overwhelming and heartfelt. And every time, a little later, life around them goes on, except for the mother and father, brother and sister, partner and children.

“All riders and staff of Lotto-Soudal would sincerely like to thank everybody for their expressions of sympathy in the usually hard top-level sports world. But in the first place, our thoughts go out to the parents, family and friends of Bjorg, who have to endure the greatest burden, a life without Bjorg.”

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Alex Ballinger

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.