Belgian rider Goolaerts dies following cardiac arrest

Peter Sagan and his teammates previewed part of the Paris Roubaix route Thursday

Belgian cyclist Michael Goolaerts has tragically died following a crash at today's Paris-Roubaix.

Goolaerts was in a life-threatening condition, according to organizers, after being airlifted to hospital having been found unconscious and not breathing by race doctors. He was then attended by a medical team and appeared to receive CPR. Trentin's Mitchelton-Scott team said the 28-year-old Italian rider suffered a fracture in the thoracic region and will remain hospitalized for a few days. "Thank you for the kind messages".

Sagan countered an attack from Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium with 55 kilometers left and went solo to catch Dillier and the last members of an early breakaway that formed about 200 kilometers from the finish.

Last week's Tour of Flanders victor Niki Terpstra was third at 57sec and 2017 champion Greg Van Avermaet fourth at 1:34.




Shortly after the 257-km race ended, Paris-Roubaix director Christian Prudhomme told Reuters that Goolaerts had to undergo a scan at the Lille hospital. He was 23 years old. "I avoided crashes, and, actually, I feel less exhausted than the previous years", said Sagan, the first rider since Frenchman Bernard Hinault to win here as a world champion. "I'm exhausted after this race but not as exhausted as in previous years when I didn't win it for some reasons", Sagan said. His situation remains "very worrying", the race director Christian Prudhomme said on Sunday.

"I broke a finger recently and didn't think I'd make Paris-Roubaix because of that", he said. "I attacked at the right moment and I kept going until the finish".

Known for his rapid finishing, Sagan has often paid for his reputation as rivals have sought to neutralize his famed kick for the line by leaving him behind with their own daring long-range bids for glory.

"Amazing. I'm so exhausted after this race. And in the end, I made the winning move".

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