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


Belgium's Michael Goolaerts was taken to hospital after crashing earlier in the race.

According to the post-race Decision of the Commissaire's Jury sheet, both riders have been fined for breaking UCI race regulation article 12.1.040/23, which states that no unauthorised refreshment should be taken in the final 20km of a race.

He suffered cardiac arrest and was airlifted to hospital in Lille but died on Sunday night.

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".

The statement added: "For now there will be no further communication as we want to give his close ones time to deal with this awful loss".

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"I avoided crashes, and, actually, I feel less exhausted than the previous years", said Sagan, the first rider since Frenchman Bernard Hinault to win here as a world champion.

Goolaerts rode in support of cyclo-cross world champion Wout van Aert of Belgium in the race dubbed the "Hell of the North" because of the hard terrain it covers. "No further news at the moment", the team tweeted. He was soon attended by a medical team and seemed to receive CPR. "We share their vast sadness", Mr Lappartient wrote on Twitter.

He said: "All the thoughts and prayers of the @BORAhansgrohe team and myself are with Michael Goolaerts".

He also rode as a stagiaire for Lotto-Soudal in the latter months of the 2016 season, before rejoining Verandas Willems-Crelan in 2017.

Just two years ago, another young Belgian rider, 22-year-old Daan Myngheer, died in hospital two days after suffering a heart attack on the Criterium International in Corsica.