Sagan sprints to Paris-Roubaix victory, Goolaerts hospitalised following crash

Peter Sagan, Niki Terpstra and other riders to watch at Paris-Roubaix

Peter Sagan, Niki Terpstra and other riders to watch at Paris-Roubaix

Tributes have been paid to Belgian cyclist Michael Goolaerts, who died on Sunday after crashing in Paris-Roubaix.

We have seen that Greg Van Avermaet is strong in the classics this year and although we haven't managed to get a win, we are confident ahead of Paris-Roubaix.

Goolaerts' Veranda's Willems-Crelan team said Goolaerts was evacuated by helicopter.

Goolaerts was initially stated to be in a "life-threatening condition after suffering a cardiac arrest" in an earlier statement by race organisers. Video from the scene appeared to show him receiving CPR from medics at the scene.

Quick-Step Floors: "Our thoughts go to the family, friends and team of Michael Goolaerts in these unimaginable moments of sadness".

David Lappartient, president of the Union Cycliste Internationale, expressed the organisation's sadness at the tragic news. "We share their enormous sadness", Mr Lappartient wrote on Twitter.

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

He rode several of the cobbled classics and semi-classics this season, finishing ninth at Dwars door West-Vlaanderen and 20th at both Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and Driedaagse De Panne.

Goolaerts' death came two years after Belgian cyclist Daan Myngheer died following a heart attack during the Criterium International race in Corsica.

The race is known as "The Hell of the North" for its hard surface and conditions. Antoine Demoitie passed off after having a wreck using a motorcycle through the Gent-Wevelgem highway timeless at 2016.

Nairo Quintana, a previous victor of the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta, tweeted: "Upset about the death of Michael Goolaerts today in #ParisRoubaix".

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