Stunning Sagan adds Paris-Roubaix to legend

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April. 09 (ANI): A professional Belgian cyclist died on Sunday after suffering a cardiac arrest during Paris-Roubaix race.

Veranda's Willems-Crelan rider Michael Goolaerts has died after suffering a cardiac arrest during the 2018 edition of Paris-Roubaix.

The 23-year-old was unconscious and not breathing when he was treated by the race's medical team, then firemen and finally an emergency mobile medical outfit, the fire brigade said.

He suffered cardiac arrest and was airlifted to hospital in Lille but died at 21:40 BST on Sunday.

This is published unedited from the ANI feed.

With 55km left, Belgium's defending champion Greg van Avermaet and Sagan attacked one after the other and the Slovakian quickly caught the three breakaway riders.

"No update on Michael Goolaerts yet", the team later said in a statement.

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The team later added: "No update on Michael Goolaerts yet".

It is his second win in the "monuments" - cycling's five most prestigious one-day races - following his Tour of Flanders victory in 2016.

The race was marred by several crashes that ended the hopes of outsiders Sebastian Langeveld and Matteo Trentin close to the Trouee d'Arenberg sector.

"Our thoughts are with his family and friends now", the team said. I said before the race that my goal was to do my best.

"Peter Sagan was just too good today".

Paris-Roubaix, which is known as the "Hell of the North", is regarded as one of the toughest races in cycling, featuring 29 cobbled sections.

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.