Paris-Roubaix rider has 'life-threatening condition'


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Belgian rider Michael Goolaerts has died after suffering heart failure during yesterday's Paris-Roubaix one-day classic, his team announced.

The 23-year-old's death was confirmed by his team Veranda's Willems-Crelan in a statement on their Twitter account. Television footage appeared to show him receiving CPR treatment from medics at the side of the road.

The world champion Peter Sagan timed his effort perfectly to become the first rider since 1981 to claim the Paris-Roubaix with the rainbow jersey on his shoulders as he tamed his rivals in awe-inspiring fashion on Sunday.

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Swiss national champion Diller led Sagan into the velodrome but the latter used his superior kick to win only his second of cycling's five Monuments - two years after his triumph at the 2016 Tour of Flanders. Our thoughts are with his family and friends now. The race was also marred by several crashes that ended the hopes of outsiders Sebastian Langeveld and Matteo Trentin close to the Trouee d'Arenberg sector.

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

The incident happened at a part of the course known as "Hell of the North".

Terpstra, whose Quick-Step team had been expected to dominate the race, said nothing could have been done to stop the Slovak.

Only Dillier could keep the Bora-Hansgrohe rider's wheel, until the final one-and-a-half laps at the Velodrome, where he was outsprinted by Sagan.