Paris-Roubaix: Belgian cyclist dies after heart attack.

Paris-Roubaix : le coureur belge Michael Goolaerts, victime d’un arrêt cardiaque en course, est mort

Le coureur belge de l’équipe Verandas-Willems Crelan avait chuté dans le secteur pavé de Biastre, le deuxième du parcours de l'”Enfer du Nord”. Il est mort vers 22h40, annonce son équipe.

The Belgian cyclist from the Verandas-Willems Crelan team was pronounced dead last night at 22h40 after he suffered a fall on the “Hell of the North” on the Biastre cobbled section.

Le coureur belge Michael Goolaerts a fait une impressionnante chute sur le Paris-Roubaix, le 8 avril 2018. 
Le coureur belge Michael Goolaerts a fait une impressionnante chute sur le Paris-Roubaix, le 8 avril 2018.  (DAVID STOCKMAN / BELGA MAG / AFP)

Le coureur cycliste belge Michael Goolaerts est mort, dimanche 8 avril, après une chute sur un secteur pavé de Paris-Roubaix. C’est son équipe Veranda’s Willem qui l’annonce sur Twitter dans la soirée. C’est avec une tristesse inimaginable que nous devons communiquer le décès de notre coureur et ami Michael Goolaerts. Il est mort dimanche soir à 22h40 à l’hôpital de Lille en présence des membres de sa famille et de ses proches, à qui nous pensons fort. Il est décédé d’un arrêt cardiaque. Toute assistance médicale était inutile.”

Peu avant 14 heures, le cycliste de 23 ans avait chuté dans le secteur pavé de Briastre et s’était retrouvé inconscient et en arrêt cardio-respiratoire, selon les sapeurs-pompiers. Pris charge et réanimé par l’équipe médicale de la course, puis les sapeurs-pompiers et les médecins, il avait été d’être héliporté au centre hospitalier de Lille (Nord).

Selon les informations de France 3 Hauts-de-France, une enquête a été ouverte par la gendarmerie. Les enquêteurs se sont rendus dans le bus de son équipe, Verandas-Willems Crelan, pour y vérifier l’état des vélos.

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Worked in the technical / engineering area as a Science Laboratory Technician and as an Aeronautics Engineer. The artistic side involves writing under the nom de plume of Billy Olsenn, his recently written play 'A Case of Wine' was staged by the players group Straight Make-Up at the 2012 Birr one act drama festival. It's next staging was in the one act circuit is in Cavan, at Maudebawn on Sat 10 Nov 2012. Then it was performed in the Bray, Co.Wicklow at the very popular one act festival in January 2013. Next play is FEAR. A dark tale about revenge on the cruel death of two pensioners by young thugs. Neighbours hatch a devious and dangerous plan to exact old-style revenge. Bill is a member of the Drama League of Ireland and his plays have been critically vetted and certified as original pieces of work by the DLI. Another literary project is that of commemoration of an aircraft crash on Djouce mountain in Wicklow in 1946. Bill wrote articles for the 50th, 60th and most recently the 70th anniversary, (12 Aug 2016) all were published in the Wicklow Times and ensured the survivors of the crash, all French Girl Guides, were not forgotten. Articles reproduced on this website. But mostly this site gives a more general European and specific French slant on popular and not so popular articles of French news, translated to English by the author. Each article is translated on a paragraph by paragraph basis so easy to read in either language and even possible to improve either language by comparison of the short English and French paragraphs. Amusez vous bien. The author is currently writing an easy to read technical aviation book centered around the Fokker 50. Another interest is that dealt with in another of Bill's websites, a Statue of the mother of God, Mary. It was erected in 1972 in Dublin, at the end of the Bull Wall near Clontarf, and my grandfather William Nelson, was the main instigator of that project. I give talks on the history of the statue and my grandfather's adventurous and dangerous life at sea. Technical assistance with each website is by J O'N.
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