Michael Goolaerts dies after Paris-Roubaix crash

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"He passed away on Sunday evening at 22.40 in Lille Hospital in the presence of his family members and loved ones, who we keep in our thoughts".

Goolaerts had been airlifted to hospital after collapsing about 150 kilometres from the finish.

Following the crash, the TV footage showed Goolaerts receiving CPR treatment on the side of the road. His most significant result this season was 20th at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.

"I avoided crashes, and, actually, I feel less exhausted than the previous years", said Sagan, the first rider since Frenchman Bernard Hinault to win here as a world champion.

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Once the guy who won the last few editions of the street biking world championships jumped away from the collection of main favorites together with 55km abandoned, he looked back.

"It's wonderful to win Paris-Roubaix".

"Amazing. I'm so exhausted after this race". Inevitably, it was the former who took the sprint, adding this Paris-Roubaix victory to that of his 2016 Tour of Flanders win.

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. He was riding in his first Paris-Roubaix race for senior competitors after riding in the under-23 version three years ago.

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British Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas was forced to abandon the race after crashing on the first section of cobbles. I said before the race that my goal was to do my best.

The commissaire's report says that the riders took the refuelling from team staff on foot, and so Sagan's Bora-Hansgrohe and Dillier's Ag2r La Mondiale teams have also been fined 1000 CHF each.

The race is known as "The Hell of the North" for its hard surface and conditions.

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