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Cyclist dies after crash in Paris-Roubaix race

Email Cyclist Michael Goolaerts dies after crash while racing in Paris-Roubaix

Posted April 09, 2018 11:18:19

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Belgian rider Michael Goolaerts has died of cardiac arrest after crashing while competing in the Paris-Roubaix race.

Goolaerts' team said the 23-year-old died in a Lille hospital where he had been taken by helicopter from the one-day classic on Sunday.

"It is with unimaginable sadness that we have to communicate the passing of our rider and friend Michael Goolaerts," his team, Veranda's Willems-Crelan, said in a statement.

Image of a dirt-covered cyclist adjusting his helmet Photo: Belgian cyclist Michael Goolaerts, 23, was riding in support of cyclo-cross world champion Wout van Aert when he crashed. (Twitter: Veranda's Willems – Crelan Pro Cycling Team)

The team said Goolaerts died "in the presence of his family members and loved ones, who we keep in our thoughts". It added that he "died of cardiac arrest, all medical assistance was to no avail".

External Link: Veranda's Willems-Crelan cycling team statement

David Lappartient, president of cycling's peak body UCI, offered his condolences to the rider's family.

"On behalf of the Union Cycliste Internationale and the cycling family as a whole, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family, team and friends of Michael Goolaerts, who left us too early today. We share their immense sadness," Mr Lappartient wrote on Twitter.

Goolaerts had been airlifted to hospital after collapsing about 150 kilometres from the finish.

No images of the incident itself were available but TV footage of the race showed Goolaerts lying unresponsive on the side of the road as the peloton passed him. He was then attended by a medical team and appeared to receive CPR.

Goolaerts rode in support of cyclo-cross world champion Wout van Aert of Belgium. His most significant result this season was 20th at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.

Peter Sagan won the race ahead of Silvan Dillier of Switzerland.

But the champion Slovak's thoughts post-race turned to Goolaerts.

"All the thoughts and prayers of the @BORAhansgrohe team and myself are with Michael Goolaerts. Such a sad news …," Sagan wrote on Twitter.

External Link: David Lappartient tweet: "On behalf of the Union Cycliste Internationale and the cycling family as a whole, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family, team and friends of Michael Goolaerts, who left us too early today. We share their immense sadness."

The Paris-Roubaix race has been nicknamed the 'Hell of the North' due to the toughness of the race which features 29 sections of cobblestones.

Cyclist deaths during races

There have been numerous deaths among professional cyclists while competing in recent years, including others by cardiac arrest.

Goolaerts' death came two years after Belgian cyclist Daan Myngheer died following a heart attack during the Criterium International race in Corsica.

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

Also in recent years, Iranian Paralympian Bahman Golbarnezhad also died of cardiac arrest on the way to hospital after crashing during the S4 race at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

American Chad Young and France's Mathieu Riebel died from head injuries in crashes on descents during the Tour of Gila and Tour de Nouvelle Caledonie in 2017 respectively.

Belgian Wouter Weylandt, a stage winner at the Vuelta a Espana and Giro d'Italia, died instantly when he hit a guard rail in the third stage at the 2011 Giro.

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