Goolaerts dies after cardiac arrest at Paris-Roubaix

Goolaerts dies after cardiac arrest at Paris-Roubaix

Goolaerts dies after cardiac arrest at Paris-Roubaix

"He passed away Sunday evening in Lille hospital in the presence of his family members and loved ones, who we keep in our thoughts".

Goolaerts had been airlifted to hospital after collapsing about 150 kilometers (93 miles) from the finish.

TV footage showed Goolaerts, 23, receiving CPR treatment from medics by the side of the road after crashing.

Goolaerts rode in support of cyclo-cross world champion Wout van Aert of Belgium.

Goolaerts finished ninth in the Dwars door West-Vlaanderen one-day race last month and was 20th at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne earlier this season.

The Paris-Roubaix classic was won by Slovakian cyclist Peter Sagan.

"I'm so exhausted after this race", Sagan, the first rider since Frenchman Bernard Hinault to win here as a world champion, said. "I attacked at the right moment and I kept going until the finish".

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.

"I feel incredible, I'm so exhausted, but I was involved in no crashes, had no flat tires and I just kept going", said the 28-year-old Slovak, who at one point was caught on camera using an Allen key to make some onboard repairs as he cycled along at more than 40km/h.

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

"Amazing. I'm so exhausted after this race".

"Sagan is an angel and devil in the same person - an angel because he took me with him and a devil because I had to go man-to-man with him".

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