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Stunning Sagan adds Paris-Roubaix to legend

12 April 2018, 07:27 | Percy Christensen

Peter Sagan looked back to see Philippe Gilbert chasing him down at Tour of Flanders

Peter Sagan looked back to see Philippe Gilbert chasing him down at Tour of Flanders

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

They revealed he died late on Sunday in a hospital in the northern French city of Lille, surrounded by his family.

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". "I avoided crashes, and, actually, I feel less exhausted than the previous years", Sagan, the first rider since Frenchman Bernard Hinault to win here as a world champion, said. "He passed away Sunday evening at 22.40 in Lille hospital", said a team statement.

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Goolaerts was making his debut in the senior race, having previously competed in the Paris-Roubaix Espoirs with the Belgian national team. While those breaking the rule during a single-day race are fined, those doing it in a stage race attract both a fine and time penalty. Swiss national road champion Silvan Dillier (Ag2r-La Mondiale), who was part of the day-long breakaway, was the only rider able to stay with Sagan as the kilometers ticked down. "I attacked at the right moment, and I kept going until the finish". "Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and all at Veranda's Willems-Crelan". 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.

An investigation has been launched into the death of a Belgian rider during Sunday's Paris-Roubaix classic.

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. In 2017, almost half of the riders did not make it to the finish in the Roubaix Velodrome.



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