Michael Goolaerts dies after Paris-Roubaix cardiac arrest

Michael Goolaerts

He was airlifted to hospital in Lille but passed away at 10.40pm last night, his team, Veranda's Willems-Crelan, said in a statement.

"He passed away Sunday evening at 22:40 in Lille hospital in the presence of his family members and loves ones, who we keep in our thoughts".

David Lappartient, president of cycling's peak body UCI, offered his condolences to the rider's family. "We share their enormous sadness", he posted on Twitter.

Goolaerts was riding his first senior Paris-Roubaix, having competed in the under-23 edition in 2015.

Terpstra and his Quick Step-Floors team, who had been dominant on the Flanders classics so far, simply could not contain the Bora-Hansgrohe leader Sagan.

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. His most significant result this season was 20th at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.

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In the closing stages, Sagan claimed the narrow win from Dillier in a sprint finish to become the first world champion since Bernard Hinault in 1981 to win the race.

"It's really nice to win this race with the world champion jersey".

Team Sky said in a statement: "Everyone at Team Sky is heartbroken by the loss of Michael Goolaerts. Such a sad news". Two Belgians died in other races in 2016; American Chad Young died a year ago in a New Mexico race, and a French racer died months later.

Another Belgian cyclist, Antoine Demoitie, died the same year following a crash in the Gent-Wevelgem race.

Unfortunately, 22-year-old Belgian cyclist Michael Goolaerts fell victim to these incredibly hard circumstances during this afternoon's race.

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