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Michael Goolaerts dies in hospital after suffering cardiac arrest at Paris-Roubaix

12 April, 2018, 00:55 | Author: Lora Ball
  • Peter Sagan tests the muddy pavĂ© of Paris-Roubaix

Cycling - Tour de France biking race - The 162.5 km (101 miles) Period 1-1 by Carcassone into Montpellier, France - 13/07/2016 - Tinkoff club riders Peter Sagan of Slovakia wins the end. "We share their vast sadness", he posted on Twitter.

Paris-Roubaix victor Peter Sagan and second-placed rider Silvan Dillier were both fined 1000 Swiss Francs (CHF) for taking on "unauthorised refuelling" during the final 20 kilometres of the race.

The team planned "no further communication as we want to give his close ones time to deal with this bad loss".

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He was a member of the Belgian professional cycling team Veranda's Willems-Crelan.

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. "These are all hard men", he writes of the riders, "mostly Belgian and Dutch, brought up to race in harsh conditions".

Three-time Paris-Roubaix victor Fabian Cancellara: "Terrible news. RIP Michael Goolaerts. My deep condolences going to his family, friends, and Teammates and the @Snipercycling crew".

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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.

"No update on Michael Goolaerts yet", the team later said in a statement.

Johan Bruyneel, former sporting director of the US Postal Service and Astana teams, tweeted: "RIP Michael Goolaerts. Our thoughts are with his family and friends".

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Two-time Tour de France victor Alberto Contador: "My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Michael Goolaerts, since the end of the race I have not stopped thinking about him". He was then attended by a medical team and appeared to receive CPR. "May he rest in peace".

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