Cyclist Michael Goolaerts dies after Paris-Roubaix accident

Cyclist Michael Goolaerts dies after Paris-Roubaix accident

Cyclist Michael Goolaerts dies after Paris-Roubaix accident

Michael Goolaerts (Vérandas Willems-Crelan) was airlifted to the hospital after being knocked unconscious in a heavy crash at Paris-Roubaix on Sunday, emergency services said.

He was quickly attended by a medical team and appeared to receive CPR.

Once the man who won the last three editions of the road cycling world championships jumped away from the group of main favourites with 55km left, he never looked back. Sagan launched the sprint in the Roubaix Velodrome and used his greater power to prevail.

The Slovak is the first reigning world champion to win Paris-Roubaix since Bernard Hinault in 1981.

"It's very good for my career, when I was younger I dreamed of winning this race".

Swiss national champion Diller led Sagan into the velodrome but the latter used his superior kick to win only his second of cycling's five Monuments - two years after his triumph at the 2016 Tour of Flanders.

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

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

The pair exited the final major cobble section of the Carrefour de l'Arbre with 15km remaining with a minute's lead.

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

"Amazing. I'm so exhausted after this race. I've done my best", Sagan said.

The incident happened at a part of the course known as "Hell of the North". In 2017, almost half of the riders did not make it to the finish in the Roubaix Velodrome.

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