April 09 (ANI): A professional Belgian cyclist died on Sunday after suffering a cardiac arrest during Paris-Roubaix race.
CYCLIST Michael Goolaerts has sadly died after a crash in Paris-Roubaix.
The Belgian rider - in only his second year as a professional rider with Verandas Willems-Crelan - crashed on the second set of cobbles and a medical statement later confirmed that he was in a life-threatening condition.
Goolaert was rushed to hospital after receiving CPR treatment on the side of the road after a crash.
The team said Goolaerts died "in the presence of his family members and loved ones, who we keep in our thoughts".
He suffered cardiac arrest and was airlifted to hospital in Lille but died at 21:40 BST on Sunday.
Goolaerts has been a key domestique for cyclocross world champion Wout van Aert through his inaugural spring classics campaign.
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British Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas was also forced to abandon the race after crashing on the first section of cobbles. "No further news at the moment", Veranda's Willems-Crelan team said in a statement.
He has been in superb form this season - placing ninth at Dwars dooor Vlaanderern and 20th at both Driedaagse De Panne and Kuuren-Brussel-Kuurne.
After attacking his main rivals 55km from home, Sagan had outsprinted Swiss champion Silvan Dillier, the last survivor from an earlier break, in the iconic outdoor velodrome in Roubaix after 5hrs 54mins 06sec in the saddle.
"Amazing. I'm so exhausted after this race".
Tour of Flanders champion Niki Terpstra, of the Netherlands, came home third in the 257km race, 54.5km of them being the famed cobbled sectors in northern France.
"Peter Sagan was just too good today".