Cyclist dies in Paris-Roubaix tragedy

Cyclist dies in Paris-Roubaix tragedy

Cyclist dies in Paris-Roubaix tragedy

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

Michael Goolaerts died in hospital after suffering the cardiac arrest during Sunday's Paris-Roubaix race, according to The Guardian.

Goolaerts' Veranda's Willems-Crelan team said Goolaerts was evacuated by helicopter. 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.

Race organizers confirmed in a medical statement that the 23-year-old Goolaerts "suffered a cardiac arrest" during the race and was hospitalized in Lille.

Peter Sagan, who went on to win the race, offered his own support via Twitter before it emerged that the Belgian had lost his fight for life.

This is published unedited from the ANI feed.

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British Team Sky riders Geraint Thomas and Luke Rowe were both forced to abandon following crashes. "No further news at the moment", Veranda's Willems-Crelan team said in a statement.

Dutch rider Niki Terpstra, who won the Tour of Flanders last week and the 2014 edition of Paris-Roubaix, completed the podium.

"Our thoughts are with his family and friends now", the team said.

The Slovakian accelerated 55 km from the finish line at the Roubaix Velodrome to catch the day's breakaway riders and get rid of the strongest of them, Swiss Silvan Dillier, in a sprint finish. "I've done my best", Sagan said.

Paris-Roubaix, which is known as the "Hell of the North", is regarded as one of the toughest races in cycling, featuring 29 cobbled sections. In 2017, almost half of the riders did not make it to the finish in the Roubaix Velodrome.

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