Michael Goolaerts: Bike owner suffered cardiac arrest earlier than Paris-Roubaix crash
Michael Goolaerts, who died on Sunday, suffered cardiac arrest whereas driving, inflicting his crash at Paris-Roubaix.
The Veranda’s Willems-Crelan rider, 23, was discovered unconscious and never respiration after falling on a cobbled part of the one-day traditional.
The Belgian was airlifted to hospital in Lille however died at 21:40 BST.
“He suffered an assault whereas racing. His coronary heart stopped, and that is why he crashed,” stated Cambrai state prosecutor Remi Schwartz, following an post-mortem.
Schwartz stated consultants will perform toxicology and pathological exams to find out the reason for the cardiac arrest, though the outcomes will not be identified for a number of weeks.
Goolaerts crashed on the second of 29 cobbled sections in Paris-Roubaix, 109km right into a 257km race considered one of many hardest and most prestigious in biking.
Goolaerts’ staff return to racing
Veranda’s Willems-Crelan rode their first race since Goolaerts’ dying on the one-day Brabantse Pijl in Belgium on Wednesday.
The Belgian outfit determined to compete after consulting with Goolaerts’ household and their riders.
Veranda’s Willems-Crelan led the peloton in a minute’s silence at the beginning in Leuven and riders wore black armbands.
Belgian Tim Wellens, who rides for Goolaerts’ former staff Lotto-Soudal gained the 201.9km cobbled race, pointing to the sky as he crossed the road.
Dutchman Huub Duijn was the highest-placed Veranda’s Willems-Crelan rider, ending eighth.