Paris-Roubaix: Michael Goolaerts dies after crash

World Champion Peter Sagan Wins Paris-Roubaix Cycling Classic

Veranda's Willems-Crelan rider Michael Goolaerts has been taken to hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest during the 2018 edition of Paris-Roubaix.

"He did of cardiac arrest, all medical assistance was to no avail".

'He passed away on Sunday evening at 22.40 in Lille Hospital in the presence of his family members and loved ones, who we keep in our thoughts.

Goolaert's team said there would be no further communication about the incident to give "his close ones time to deal with this awful loss".

They were the first to try to resuscitate Goolaerts on the scene before the fire brigade and an emergency mobile medical team took over.

Peter Sagan, who went on to win the race, offered his own support via Twitter before it emerged that the Belgian had lost his fight for life.




I think Paris-Roubaix has to be the toughest race because you have the terrain - there are anything between 52 and 55 kilometres of cobbles over the course of around 260 kilometres.

Today he made his main attack 54km from the finish. With 55km left, Belgium's defending champion Greg van Avermaet and Sagan attacked one after the other and the Slovakian quickly caught the three breakaway riders.

Two of the trio - Sven Erik Bystrom and Jelle Wallays - dropped away, leaving Switzerland's Silvan Dillier, riding for Ag2R-La Mondiale, to contest the title.

Paris-Roubaix, also dubbed the "Queen of the Classics", is one of the five Monument classics with Milan-San Remo, the Tour of Flanders, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and the Tour of Lombardy.

"I have to say that I was not involved in any crash or puncture or any kind of mechanical this time, so I could save some energy for the finale".

The pair exited the final major cobble section of the Carrefour de l'Arbre with 15km remaining with a minute's lead.

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