Belgian cyclist Goolaerts, 23, dies after mid-race heart attack

Paris-Roubaix: World champion Peter Sagan wins first title

Paris-Roubaix: World champion Peter Sagan wins first title

However, Goolaerts's team - Veranda's Willems-Crelan - revealed on Sunday night that he had suffered a cardiac arrest and had passed away at 10.40pm at Lille hospital.

"He did of cardiac arrest, all medical assistance was to no avail".

David Lappartient, president of the Union Cycliste Internationale, expressed the organisation's sadness at the tragic news.

"We share their vast sadness".

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Sagan countered an attack from Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium with 55 kilometres left and went solo to catch Dillier and the last members of an early breakaway that formed about 200 kilometres from the finish.

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

2014 Paris-Roubaix victor Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) finished alone in third. His most significant result this season was 20th at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.

World champion Peter Sagan was this year's victor.

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He said: "All the thoughts and prayers of the @BORAhansgrohe team and myself are with Michael Goolaerts". Two Belgians died in other races in 2016; American Chad Young died past year in a New Mexico race, and a French racer died months later. Antoine Demoitie passed off after having a wreck using a motorcycle through the Gent-Wevelgem highway timeless at 2016.

Television footage revealed the 23-year-old getting CPR cure from medics from the face of the trail later he crashed from the second cobbled sector of this 257-km race.

American Chad Young and France's Mathieu Riebel died from head injuries in crashes on descents during the Tour of Gila and Tour de Nouvelle Caledonie in 2017 respectively.

Nairo Quintana, a previous victor of the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta, tweeted: "Upset about the death of Michael Goolaerts today in #ParisRoubaix".

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