How did Michael Goolaerts die? What exactly happened in horror incident explained

How did Michael Goolaerts die? What exactly happened in horror incident explained

Goolaerts' Veranda's Willems-Crelan team said Goolaerts was evacuated by helicopter. "I'm exhausted after this race but not as exhausted as in previous years when I didn't win it for some reasons", Sagan said.

World champion Peter Sagan won his first Paris-Roubaix title in a sprint finish against Silvan Dillier.

Belgian cyclist Michael Goolaerts has tragically died following a crash at today's Paris-Roubaix.

With 55km left, Belgium's defending champion Greg van Avermaet and Sagan attacked one after the other and the Slovakian quickly caught the three breakaway riders.

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.

Sagan had attacked from a group of favourites with 54km to go in the race in France on Sunday.

The team later added: "No update on Michael Goolaerts yet".

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They later appealed for people to refrain from speculation as they wait for an update on his situation.

He also rode as a stagiaire for Lotto-Soudal in the latter months of the 2016 season, before rejoining Verandas Willems-Crelan in 2017.

Goolaerts had been airlifted to hospital after collapsing about 150 kilometres from the finish.

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.

"It's really nice to win this race with the world champion jersey. I've done my best", Sagan said.

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.

The 23-year-old did not appear to be moving when TV cameras drove past the incident in the Briastre sector.

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