Апреля 24 2018

Belgian cyclist Michael Goolaerts dies after Paris-Roubaix race

Апреля 24 2018, 06:48 | Van Peters

After an exceptional run in the Belgian classics Niki Terpstra feels his chances are even better at Paris-Roubaix

After an exceptional run in the Belgian classics Niki Terpstra feels his chances are even better at Paris-Roubaix

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

Even the Slovakian accelerated 55 km from the end at the Roubaix Velodrome to capture your day's breakaway riders and eliminate the most powerful of them, Swiss Silvan Dillier, at a rush finish.

Goolaerts's team, Vérandas Willems-Crelan, said in a statement: "Michael Goolaerts was involved in a crash and forced to abandon the race".

The AP explains the Paris-Roubaix race's difficulty by noting that almost half the riders didn't even finish in 2017. "I attacked at the right moment and I kept going until the finish".

Sagan's win was overshadowed by Belgian rider Michael Goolaerts being hospitalized and remaining in a "life-threatening condition" Sunday night.

He said: "All the thoughts and prayers of the @BORAhansgrohe team and myself are with Michael Goolaerts". "We kindly ask to refrain from speculation as we wait for an update on his situation".

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Goolaerts was hospitalised on Sunday after crashing out at the Paris-Roubaix one-day cycling race, his team announced, and died about 10:40 pm.

Another Belgian cyclist, Antoine Demoitie, died the same year following a crash in the Gent-Wevelgem race.

Sagan thus became the first rider since Bernard Hinault in 1981 to win the Queen of the Classics in the rainbow jersey of a world champion.

"Sometimes attack is the best defence", Sagan said before the race, as quoted by Sme.

The commissaire's report says that the riders took the refuelling from team staff on foot, and so Sagan's Bora-Hansgrohe and Dillier's Ag2r La Mondiale teams have also been fined 1000 CHF each.

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.

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