The Paris-Roubaix pilot has a “life-threatening condition”

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ROUBAIX, France – The Belgian rider Michael Goolaerts is in a French hospital with a "threat to life" condition "after a cardiac arrest during the Paris-Roubaix race on Sunday.

The organizers of the race confirmed in a medical report that Goolaerts" suffered a cardiac arrest "during the one-day clbadic and was hospitalized in Lille.

The Willems-Crelan team of Goolaerts & Veranda said Goolaerts was evacuated by helicopter.

"There are no updates on Michael Goolaerts yet," the team said later in a statement. "We kindly ask that we refrain from speculating while we wait for an update of their situation. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. "

There were no images of the incident itself immediately, but the television images of the race showed that Goolaerts did not respond to the side of the road as the peloton pbaded. a medical team and appeared to receive CPR.

Goolaerts rode in support of cyclocross world champion Wout van Aert of Belgium, his most significant result this season was 20th at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.

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