Publicado: Mar, Abril 10, 2018
Deportes | Por Godofredo Marrero

Belgian rider Goolaerts dies following cardiac arrest

Belgian rider Goolaerts dies following cardiac arrest

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

"I feel fantastic, I m so exhausted, but I was involved in no crashes, had no flat tyres and I just kept going", said Sagan, who at one point was caught on camera using an Allen key to make some on board repairs as he cycled along at more than 40km/h.

It remained unclear why Goolaerts fell some 150 kilometres before the finish in one of the race's cobblestone sections. Video appeared to show him receiving CPR from medics at the scene, according to the BBC.

The 160-mile race continued with Slovakia's three-time world champion Peter Sagan winning, and a cycling official later defended the decision not to stop the event.

Goolaerts, who was in his fourth season with Veranda's Willems-Crelan, spent 2013 and 2014 with them at the continental level, and returned in 2017 after a season as a trainee with Belgian World Tour team Lotto-Soudal. "Rest in peace", team-mate Wout van Aert tweeted. Sagan launched the sprint in the Roubaix Velodrome and used his greater power to prevail.

Dillier said his very participation at the race had been in doubt and said that without Sagan alongside him, he would never have secured such an impressive result. "I have to say that I was not involved in any crash or puncture or any kind of mechanical this time, so I could save some energy for the finale". Medical personnel attended to Goolaerts, and he was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Lille. "He passed away Sunday evening at 22.40 in Lille hospital", his team said.

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

"I feel incredible", said Sagan, as quoted by the BBC.

"Dying while carrying out your job, your passion, at the age of 23, is a awful thing", said the television commentator Rodrigo Beenkens, who was covering Sunday's race.

The 257-kilometer race is also known as the "Hell of the North" because of its treacherous profile including 54.5 kilometers of cobblestones spread over 29 sectors.

The AP explains the Paris-Roubaix race's difficulty by noting that almost half the riders didn't even finish in 2017.

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