Remembering Michael Goolaerts one year on

Michael Goolaerts (Veranda's Willems-Crelan Pro Cycling)

Between all of the hubbub and talk of contenders in the build-up of Paris-Roubaix , time must be taken to think of one rider who will not be lining up this weekend in Compiegne, Michael Goolaerts . Goolaerts was just 23 and in his second year as a professional when he died on this day last year after suffering a cardiac arrest on the second cobbled sector of Paris-Roubaix. Just seven days before, he had been in the breakaway at the Tour of Flanders, and this was his first appearance at Paris-Roubaix, something that had been a dream for the Belgian. In cycling, it can be easy to get wrapped up in rivalries, whether it be between teams, organisers or media, but in reality, the cycling community is bonded by a passion for the sport and all were equally as shaken to see a rider go out to race and ...

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