Fourth stage of Tour de Pologne to be shortened after Monday's fatal accident
Tour de Pologne organisers have decided to cut short Tuesday's fourth stage of the race from Jaworzno to Kocierz following Monday's death of Belgian cyclist Bjorg Lambrecht during the third stage of the race.
Lambrecht, aged 22, of the Lotto Fix All team, crashed into a concrete culvert on the road. He was resuscitated and taken to hospital in Rybnik (southern Poland), where he died of his injuries.
On Tuesday, instead of 173 km, the peloton will travel 133.7 km. The organisers shortened the route by one 38.5-kilometer loop around Kocierz. The stage will also be neutral, that means that cyclists will just ride through the distance without competing.
It is yet not known whether the Belgian Lotto Fix All team will take part in the stage. The team includes Polish cyclist Tomasz Marczyński.
Following the tragic accident, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki extended words of condolence on Monday evening.
"It is always a difficult moment when a young person dies, it is the more difficult that it happened during a Polish sports event. I express my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the tragically deceased Bjorg Lambrecht and to all supporters of cycling," Morawiecki wrote on Twitter.