Michael Goolaerts suffered a fatal cardiac arrest at Paris-Roubaix. (TDWSport)

The Paris-Roubaix classic brings out the best in the best of professional cyclists, but unfortunately this edition in 2018 was dampened as a fellow compatriot suffered a fatal cardiac arrest.

23-year old Belgian pro cyclist, Michael Goolaerts died in hospital following a cardiac arrest with 148km remaining of the 257km. There were no images of the incident and it appeared that the Belgian came down by himself. The rider was airlifted to hospital in Lille but died this evening surrounded by his loved ones.

Goolaerts was in his second season with the Verandas Willems-Crelan cycling team as a Professional Continental team (2017 and 2018), and he was with the team for two additional seasons at the Continental level (2013 and 2014). He had been racing at the Classics races this year and finished in the top-ten at the Dwars door West-Vlaanderen race in March. He was also 20th at both Driedaagse De Panne and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne.

Source: Cycling News