Cyclist dies after cardiac arrest in race

Belgian cyclist Michael Goolaerts has died in hospital after suffering a heart attack during Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix race, his team have announced

The 23-year-old was airlifted to hospital after being found on the floor unconscious and not breathing about 100km into the 257km race.

Goolaerts’ team, Veranda Willems-Crelan, released a statement on Twitter on Sunday night saying: “It is with unimaginable sadness that we have to communicate the passing of our rider and friend Michael Goolaerts.

“He passed away Sunday evening at 22:40 in Lille hospital in the presence of his family members and loved ones, who we keep in our thoughts.

“He died of cardiac arrest, all medical assistance was to no avail.

“For now there will be no further communication as we want to give his close ones time to deal with this terrible loss. We thank you in advance for respecting the privacy of his relatives.”

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