Starting number 143 will never be used again in the Tour of Poland, the organization announced on Friday. The decision was taken as a tribute to the Belgian rider Bjorg Lambrecht, who died during the race last summer.
In August, during the third stage of the Tour of Poland, 22-year-old Lambrecht came into contact with a concrete pipe during a fall. He was resuscitated on the spot and then taken to the hospital, but the doctors could no longer save his life.
"We think about Bjorg every day, but please burn an extra candle for him now that it is All Saints' Day. We will do that too," writes the Tour of Poland organization.
"We can confirm that starting number 143 will never be worn again in our course. That number is for Bjorg. We will always remember you."
Lambrecht, who according to Polish media fell because of a road surface reflector, was considered a great talent. The Lotto Soudal rider this year finished sixth in the Amstel Gold Race and fourth in the Waalse Pijl.
The career of Lambrecht in the picture
The Belgian cyclist Bjorg Lambrecht died on Monday at the age of 22. © Getty Images
He died of the consequences of a major fall. The Belgian went down during the third stage of the Tour of Poland. © Getty Images
Lambrecht rode for Lotto Soudal. © Getty Images
This year Lambrecht finished sixth in the Amstel Gold Race. © Getty Images
Lambrecht in action during this year's Tour of Poland. © Pro Shots
Lambrecht during the Waalse Pijl 2019, where he became fourth. © Getty Images
In 2019, the Belgian won the youth ranking in the Critérium du Dauphiné. © Getty Images