Veranda's Willems rider Michael Goolaerts suffers cardiac arrest during Paris-Roubaix

  • Veranda's Willems rider Michael Goolaerts suffers cardiac arrest during Paris-Roubaix

Veranda's Willems rider Michael Goolaerts suffers cardiac arrest during Paris-Roubaix

After the race, Goolaert's Veranda's Willems-Crelan team posted on Twitter, "No update on Michael Goolaerts yet".

After receiving CPR on the side of the road, he was then airlifted to Lille Hospital Centre, but was tragically announced dead at 9.40pm BST on Sunday night.

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

'For now, there will be no further communication as we want to give his close ones time to deal with this bad loss.

The Slovakian accelerated 55km from the finish line at the Roubaix Velodrome to catch the day's breakaway riders and beat Silvan Dillier in a sprint finish to win the one-day, 257km race. "Thank you to all my team mates".

The race, part of the International Cycling Union World Tour, was won by Slovakia's Peter Sagan with the result now immaterial.

Trentin's Mitchelton-Scott team said the 28-year-old Italian rider suffered a fracture in the thoracic region and will remain hospitalized for a few days.

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

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

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

Paris-Roubaix is one of the five Monument classics along with Milan-San Remo, the Tour of Flanders, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and the Tour of Lombardy.

Unfortunately, 22-year-old Belgian cyclist Michael Goolaerts fell victim to these incredibly hard circumstances during this afternoon's race.