Cycling tragedy as Lambrecht dies

RECOVERING: Maté (left) and Fortin are doing well after the crash. Credit: Cofidis

THERE has been tragedy in the Tour of Poland where promising young Belgian rider Bjorg Lambrecht has died after a crash.

The 22-year-old Lotto-Soudal rider fell into a concrete culvert. He was resuscitated at the scene but died following surgery. In the same race, Spanish cyclist Luis Ángel Maté also suffered a serious fall that left him needing 50 stitches in his head. He was hospitalised overnight following a crash which left him with a brain haemorrhage.

He is said to be recovering well alongside his fellow Cofidis teammate Filippo Fortin who suffered four broken ribs in the same crash. Speaking of the incident Maté said: “The helmet saved my life. I lost a lot of blood and most likely I have to stay a couple of days under observation.”

The accident comes just three weeks before the 35-year-old’s biggest race of the season, the Vuelta de España. In last year’s race he held the King of the Mountains jersey from stage three until stage 16 before Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) took over.

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