Paris-Roubaix 2018: Michael Goolaerts given emergency CPR, taken to hospital

09 April, 2018, 04:33 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Peter Sagan looked back to see Philippe Gilbert chasing him down at Tour of Flanders

British Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas was forced to abandon the race after crashing on the first section of cobbles.

"He passed away Sunday evening at 22.40 in Lille hospital", his team Veranda's Willems-Crelan said in a statement.

Goolaerts previously represented the Lotto-Soudal team. Our thoughts are with his family and friends now.

"We thank you in advance for respecting the privacy of his relative".

Sagan eventually won the race after accelerating 55km from the finish line at the Roubaix Velodrome to catch the day's breakaway riders and get rid of the strongest of them, Swiss Silvan Dillier, in a sprint finish.

Last week's Tour of Flanders victor Niki Terpstra was third at 57sec and 2017 champion Greg Van Avermaet fourth at 1:34.


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.

The Paris-Roubaix, which is one of the oldest bike rides in the world, is famous for rough terrain and challenging cobblestones.

Paris-Roubaix, also dubbed the "Queen of the Classics", is one of the five Monument classics with Milan-San Remo, the Tour of Flanders, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and the Tour of Lombardy. I said before the race that my goal was to do my best. He was 23 years old.

"Sagan is an angel and devil in the same person - an angel because he took me with him and a devil because I had to go man-to-man with him. It wasn't that Quick-Step had a bad day, he made the right move at the right time", said Terpstra.

In the Trouee d'Arenberg, one of the toughest cobbled sectors 95 km from the finish, Belgian Philippe Gilbert attacked and opened a 20-second lead.

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