Cyclist Michael Goolaerts dies after Paris-Roubaix accident

Apr 09, 2018, 01:41
Cyclist Michael Goolaerts dies after Paris-Roubaix accident

He was 23 years old.

Goolaerts crashed with 148km remaining of the 257km race.

A statement from the team read: "It is with unimaginable sadness that we have to communicate the passing of our rider and friend Michael Goolaearts".

Coming off his bike during a crash, France 3 reported that Goolaerts had to receive emergency CPR after suffering cardiac arrest.

"For now there will be no further communication as we want to give his close ones time to deal with this bad loss".

Michael Goolaerts has been left in a life-threatening condition, according to organizers, after being airlifted to hospital having been found unconscious and not breathing by race doctors on Sunday. "Thank you for the kind messages". "He was treated by the race medical team and transported by hospital to the CHU in Lille". His situation remains "very worrying", the race director Christian Prudhomme said on Sunday.

BC-CYC-Paris-Roubaix, 2nd Ld-Writethru, 438 Sagan wins Paris-Roubaix; Goolaerts suffers cardiac arrestAP Photo ENA106, ENA105, ENA102Eds: Updates with more details on Goolaerts. We are awaiting further news.

Sagan became the first defending world champion to win the one-day classic along cobbled streets since Frenchman Bernard Hinault 37 years ago.

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.

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