Cyclist dies during famous Paris-Roubaix one-day classic

Belgian cyclist Goolaerts dies in hospital after crash
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11 April, 2018

However, the race was later overshadowed by the death of Belgian cyclist Michael Goolaerts, who died after a crash during the race.

"He did of cardiac arrest, all medical assistance was to no avail".

Race footage showed Goolaerts being given CPR after crashing during the 257km one-day classic.

World champion Peter Sagan was this year's victor.

"It is with unthinkable sadness which we've to communicate the death of our rider and friend Michael Goolaerts".

The three time World Champion attacked a group of favourites with 53km remaining. His most significant result this season was 20th at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.

Once the guy who won the last few editions of the street biking world championships jumped away from the collection of main favorites together with 55km abandoned, he looked back. Sagan launched the sprint in the Roubaix Velodrome and used his greater power to prevail.

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

Today he made his main attack 54km from the finish.

Tour of Flanders victor Niki Terpstra, of the Netherlands, arrived home third at the 257km race, even 54.5km of them become the most famed cobbled businesses in northern France.

The race was marred by several crashes that ended the hopes of outsiders Sebastian Langeveld and Matteo Trentin close to the Trouee d'Arenberg sector.

Goolaerts rode for the Veranda's Willems-Crelan team, who announced that they would ride De Brabantse Pijl on Wednesday.

"It's really nice to win this race with the world champion jersey".

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.

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