Goolaerts dies after crash at Paris-Roubaix cycling race

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On Sunday the Paris Roubaix race went without Goolaerts and entire world victor Peter Sagan became the first rider as 1981 to claim the Queen of the Classics using all the rainbow jersey on his own shoulders.

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) finally silenced the few doubters he had remaining by taking an emphatic victory at the 2018 Paris-Roubaix.

Two-time Tour de France victor Alberto Contador said: "My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Michael Goolaerts, since the end of the race I have not stopped thinking about him".

Goolaerts' team said the 23-year-old rider died in a Lille hospital where he had been admitted following his collapse at the one-day classic.

2014 Paris-Roubaix victor Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) finished alone in third. We kindly ask to refrain from speculation as we wait for an update on his situation. "Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and all at Veranda's Willems-Crelan".

Paris-Roubaix is one of the five Monument classics along with Milan-San Remo, the Tour of Flanders, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and the Tour of Lombardy.

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Goolaerts rode in support of cyclo-cross world champion Wout van Aert of Belgium.

Terpstra dropped his rivals in the final kilometres to finish alone in third place.

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.

The Paris-Roubaix race has been nicknamed the "Hell of the North" due to the toughness of the race which features 29 sections of cobblestones. He was 23 years old.

Goolaerts rode in support of cyclo-cross world champion Wout van Aert of Belgium in the race dubbed the "Hell of the North" because of the hard terrain it covers.