Belgian selection to ride European Championships in honour of Bjorg Lambrecht
Aug 06 2019 10:00 pm CET

Belgian selection to ride European Championships in honour of Bjorg Lambrecht
Belgian selection to ride European Championships in honour of Bjorg Lambrecht
Photo of Bjorg Lambrecht by Lotto-Soudal

The Belgian selection for the European Championships of Alkmaar remains unchanged and has decided to compete in honour of Bjorg Lambrecht.

The Belgian riders that will take part in the European Championships in the Netherlands were in shock after hearing the news of the death of Bjorg Lambrecht at the Tour of Pologne. Some of them were training at the moment that the news came through and returned to the hotel straight away to meet with National coach Rik Verbrugghe.

"Everyone was shocked and upset," said Verbrugghe to Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad. "Bjorg was someone that was happy about being in the peloton. We got together, had a little chat, a little group therapy or whatever you want to call it.

"In such a situation, everyone has to deal with it in their own way and it is very difficult. It is very sad for his family, his team, his teammates, his friends, everyone who was close to him."

The Belgian Federation said through a tweet that everyone in the selection will take part in the competition of the championships. "The athletes of the Belgian squad took some time to reflect after the tragic events that occurred in the Tour of Poland," stated a tweet of the Federation. "They decided the best way to honour Bjorg Lambrecht is to give it their best shot in the European Championships. Excluding last-minute changes the team roster is unchanged."

Selection of Belgium for the Mixed Team Relay (August 7):

Sanne Cant
Sofie De Vuyst
Lotte Kopecky
Thomas De Gendt
Lawrence Naesen
Jonas Rickaert

Women's time trial (August 8)

Ann-Sophie Duyck
Julie Van De Velde

Men's time trial (August 8)

Remco Evenepoel
Yves Lampaert

Women's road race (August 10)

Sanne Cant
Valerie Demey
Sofie De Vuyst
Kelly Druyts
Kaat Hannes
Lotte Kopecky
Jesse Vandenbulcke
Kelly Van Den Steen
Annelies Dom (Reserve)
Ann-Sophie Duyck (Reserve)
Ellen Van Loy (Reserve)

Men's road race (August 11)

Jens Keukeleire
Yves Lampaert
Tim Merlier
Lawrence Naesen
Jasper Philipsen
Jonas Rikaert
Edward Theus
Otto Vergaerde
Jens Debusschere (Reserve)
Laurens De Vreese (Reserve)
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