CYCLIST Michael Goolaerts has sadly died after a crash in Paris-Roubaix.
Alberto Contador, twice victor of the Tour de France, wrote on Twitter: "My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Michael Goolaerts, since the end of the race I have not stopped thinking about him".
Veranda's Willems-Crelan Cycling team said in a statement that Goolaerts died of cardiac arrest and that all medical assistance to try to save him "was to no avail".
Team Sky said in a statement: "Everyone at Team Sky is heartbroken by the loss of Michael Goolaerts". He was then attended by a medical team and appeared to receive CPR. We kindly ask to refrain from speculation as we wait for an update on his situation.
He also rode as a stagiaire for Lotto-Soudal in the latter months of the 2016 season, before rejoining Verandas Willems-Crelan in 2017.
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Goolaerts had been evacuated by helicopter after crashing about 150 kilometers (93 miles) from the finish.
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.
But the champion Slovak's thoughts post-race turned to Goolaerts.
Cycling - Tour de France biking race - The 162.5 km (101 miles) Period 1-1 by Carcassone into Montpellier, France - 13/07/2016 - Tinkoff club riders Peter Sagan of Slovakia wins the end. Trentin's Mitchelton-Scott team said the 28-year-old Italian rider suffered a fracture in the thoracic region and will remain hospitalized for a few days.
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.