RBA/AFP – Belgian Michael Goolaerts was left fighting for his life after suffering “heart failure” as world champion Peter Sagan won the Paris-Roubaix one-day classic on Sunday.
Goolaerts was in a life-threatening condition, according to organizers, after being airlifted to hospital having been found unconscious and not breathing by race doctors.
They were the first to try to resuscitate Goolaerts on the scene before the fire brigade and an emergency mobile medical team took over. Goolaerts’s team, Veranda’s Willems, had earlier said on Twitter:
“We kindly ask to refrain from speculation as we wait for an update on his situation. “Our thoughts are with his family and friends now. Thank you for the kind messages.”