Michael Goolaerts's condition 'very worrying' after CPR treatment at Paris-Roubaix

Hope Soto
April 9, 2018

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Belgian cyclist Michael Goolaerts has died in hospital after suffering a heart attack during Sunday's Paris-Roubaix cycling classic, his team said in a statement.

The 23-year-old was unconscious and not breathing when he was treated by the race's medical team, then firemen and finally an emergency mobile medical outfit, the fire brigade said.

There were concerns over Belgian rider Michael Goolaerts, who was taken to a hospital after receiving CPR treatment on the side of the road after a crash.

The team said Goolaerts died "in the presence of his family members and loved ones, who we keep in our thoughts". He died of a cardiac arrest, all medical assistance was to no avail.

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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.

This is published unedited from the ANI feed.

Goolaerts is in his second year as a professional rider with Veranda's Willems-Crelan, and was riding Paris-Roubaix in support of Wout van Aert having taken a ninth place finish in the Dwars door West Vlaanderen and a top 20 and the Three Days of De Panne.

British Team Sky riders Geraint Thomas and Luke Rowe were both forced to abandon following crashes. "I've done my best", Sagan said.

Tour of Flanders champion Niki Terpstra, of the Netherlands, came home third in the 257km race, 54.5km of them being the famed cobbled sectors in northern France. In 2017, almost half of the riders did not make it to the finish in the Roubaix Velodrome.

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