What do you do when something awful like this happens?
Today's stage in the Tour of Poland is shortened and neutralized. Which means, no winner will be declared, and the whole peloton will ride behind the team mates of the yesterday deceased rider Bjorg Lambrecht, as a tribute to him.
It is a very strange thing, that has happened before. I remember in 1995, when Fabio Casartelli crashed and died in one of the corners of the descent of Le Portet d'Aspet. The stage that followed this crash, all team mates of team Motorola, including Lance Armstrong, just rode in front of the peloton the whole day and they finished side by side. This was not planned by the organisation back then, but the riders themselves decided to do this. After all, the result of that stage was erased.
The Motorola cycling team after the death of their team mate Fabio Casartelli in Pau in 1995
The question is, is this what to do after such a horrible accident? I don't know, and I don't think it is up to the supporters or the organisation to decide. It is the riders that have to decide this. After all, they lost a team mate or a colleague. But more, they all are aware of the fact that it could have been them. And that is I think the hardest thing to overcome as a rider. How do you cope with that in the next races. How do you block the thought of possible dying outside of your head? I have no clue, and I am no psychologist, but I am sure it is really though for this guys.