Belgian rider Michael Goolaerts has died after suffering heart failure during Sunday's (April 8) Paris-Roubaix one-day classic, his team announced.
Team Sky said in a statement: "Everyone at Team Sky is heartbroken by the loss of Michael Goolaerts". He was soon attended by a medical team and seemed to receive CPR.
They later appealed for people to refrain from speculation as they wait for an update on his situation. "He passed on Sunday day at 22.40 at Lille healthcare facility", his former group Veranda's Willems-Crelan mentioned in a declaration.
Goolaerts had been evacuated by helicopter after crashing about 150 kilometers (93 miles) from the finish.
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.
Unfortunately, 22-year-old Belgian cyclist Michael Goolaerts fell victim to these incredibly hard circumstances during this afternoon's race.
"It's really nice to win this race with the world champion jersey".
The 257-kilometer race, called the "Hell of the North", includes 29 sections of cobblestones, which require special control of the bicycle and more effort than a usual road race. I said before the race that my goal was to do my best.
The AP explains the Paris-Roubaix race's difficulty by noting that almost half the riders didn't even finish in 2017.
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.