◼️ Michael Goolaerts lost his life because of a heart problem during the competition
Belgian cyclist Michael Goolaerts died of a heart attack after collapsing while competing in Paris-Roubaix on Sunday.
Goolaerts, 23, died in a hospital in Lille to which he was transferred by helicopter after the test, his team said. The race of a day is known as the queen of the classics.
“With an unimaginable sadness we have to communicate the death of our cyclist and friend Michael Goolaerts,” the Verandas Willems-Crelan team said in a statement.
Goolaerts died “in the presence of his relatives and loved ones, whom we have in our thoughts“, the team said, adding that “he died of a heart attack, all the medical assistance was in vain.”
The athlete had been transported by helicopter to the hospital after collapsing about 150 kilometers (93 miles) from the finish line. Although the moment itself was not recorded, television footage showed Goolaerts lying unconscious on the side of the road as the platoon passed him. He was being treated by a medical team that seemed to practice cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
The best result of the Belgian cyclist this season had been the 20th place in the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne race. The Slovakian Peter Sagan won the Paris-Roubaix ahead of the Swiss Silvan Dillier.
The death of Goolaerts came two years after his compatriot Daan Myngheer also after a heart attack during the Criterium International in Corsica.