Bjorg Lambrecht suffered a major crack in his liver during his fatal crash in the Tour of Poland on Monday. This eventually led to a cardiac arrest, from which he died. That is what his team Lotto Soudal reports on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old talented climber drove into a ditch during the ride from Chorzów to Zabrze on Monday, after which he crashed into a concrete sewer pipe. He first had to be resuscitated before he could be taken to a hospital. The doctors could no longer save his life there.
The injuries he sustained during his fall were enormous, says team doctor Maarten Meirhaeghe. "Bjorg died of a large tear of the liver that caused massive internal bleeding. As a result, Bjorg has had a cardiac arrest."
According to Meirhaeghe, the rider had "the worst possible breakdown" in his accident. "With such an internal bleeding a miracle is needed, a miracle that Bjorg was not awarded."
49Killed cyclist Lambrecht was considered a great talent
'Place and time of no influence'
According to Meirhaeghe, the doctors involved cannot be blamed. "The location and the time did not influence the consequences. Even if such an injury were to occur in a hospital, the chance of a bad outcome is real."
Lambrecht was a great climbing talent. He became second at the World Cup for promises last year and this season made his breakthrough with high rankings. For example, he finished sixth in the Amstel Gold Race and finished fourth in the Waalse Pijl.
His teammates continued the round despite the tragic accident. They were allowed to be the first to cross the finish line on Tuesday and hope to honor their deceased teammate with a stage win in the remainder of the race. The Tour of Poland lasts until Friday.
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