Paris-roubaix race accident

Discussion in 'Professional Cycling' started by Corzhens, Apr 8, 2018.

  1. Corzhens

    Corzhens Well-Known Member

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    In the one day cycling event Paris-Roubaix, a punishingroad race, a Belgian cyclist was found sprawled on the side of the road. Michael Goolaerts, suffered a heart attack during the race and was rushed to the nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. It's a sad day for cycling considering that the cyclist was only 23 years old.
     
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  2. Mr. Beanz

    Mr. Beanz Well-Known Member

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    Right at 1:00 into the video, you can see him crash in the turn.



     
  3. treecko142

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    Yeah, it was quite heartbreaking and is a really sad note on an otherwise great race.
     
  4. BrianNystrom

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    Two years ago another young Belgian cyclist who had ridden for the same team as Goolaerts died from an apparent heart attack. Perhaps it's just a coincidence, but it seems suspicious and certainly worth investigating. Young riders should not be dying from heart attacks.
     
  5. Froze

    Froze Well-Known Member

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    That was NOT an accident, he died from a heart malfunction as you stated but you titled it as an accident, as a result of the heart attack he had an accident but by then he was probably already dead.

    The big question I want to know is was the heart attack a belated symptom of a birth defect, or was he doing some sort of performance drug that adversely affected his heart? I have a feeling we may never know.
     
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