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Stunning Sagan adds Paris-Roubaix to legend

09 April 2018

"I feel wonderful, I'm so exhausted, but I was involved in no crashes, had no flat tires and I just kept going", said the 28-year-old Slovak, who at one point was caught on camera using an Allen key to make some onboard repairs as he cycled along at more than 40km/h.

"It is with unimaginable sadness that we have to communicate the passing of our rider and friend Michael Goolaerts", his team, Veranda's Willems-Crelan, said in a statement.

The team said Goolaerts died "in the presence of his family members and loved ones, who we keep in our thoughts".

Television footage showed the 23-year-old receiving CPR treatment from medics by the side of the road after he crashed in the second cobbled sector of the 257-km race.

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Goolaerts crashed 109km into the 257km race and was found unconscious by race doctors. His most significant result this season was 20th at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.

Peter Sagan won the race ahead of Silvan Dillier of Switzerland.

"I didn't feel that strong actually, I just felt the others wouldn't work together and that it was the right moment", he said of his break.

"I broke a finger recently and didn't think I'd make Paris-Roubaix because of that", he said.

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It is his second win in the "monuments" - cycling's five most prestigious one-day races - following his Tour of Flanders victory in 2016.

The pair exited the final major cobble section of the Carrefour de l'Arbre with 15km remaining with a minute's lead.

"It's really nice to win this race with the world champion jersey".

I think Paris-Roubaix has to be the toughest race because you have the terrain - there are anything between 52 and 55 kilometres of cobbles over the course of around 260 kilometres.

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"Amazing. I'm so exhausted after this race. I've done my best", Sagan said.

Stunning Sagan adds Paris-Roubaix to legend