Wellens, Bastianelli win a somber Brabantse Pijl: Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

April 12, 2018

In today’s Daily News Digest: Wellens solos to victory at Brabantse Pijl, dedicates victory to Michael Goolaerts; Bastianelli wins first edition of women’s Brabantse Pijl; Autopsy confirms cardiac arrest caused Goolaerts’ Roubaix crash; Rémy Di Gregorio provisionally suspended for EPO; Five-time Flèche champion Valverde: ‘If I’m in the lead with 200 metres to go, it’s hard to beat me’; 100% launches Speedcraft Air to control nasal dilation; RockShox’s new TwistLoc brings remote lockout control to the grip; Fox boosts travel in its cross country platform with 34 Step-Cast 120mm fork.

Autopsy confirms cardiac arrest caused Goolaerts’ Roubaix crash

by CyclingTips

Agence Presse France reported Wednesday that an autopsy has revealed Goolaerts’ crash at Roubaix was caused by cardiac arrest, and not the other way around. Goolaerts was not breathing when first responders treated him by the roadside. Although they administered CPR, he was unable to be revived after being airlifted to a hospital in Lille.

“The autopsy confirms the previous hypothesis that death was due to a heart attack and not a crash,” Remy Schwartz, of the Cambrai prosecutor’s office, told AFP. “He suffered an attack while racing. His heart stopped, and that’s why he crashed. For now, we will carry out toxicology and pathological exams to determine the real cause of the attack.”

Toxicology and pathological exam results may not be known for several weeks.

Organisers of Brabantse Pijl held a one-minute of silence in honour of fallen rider Michael Goolaerts, who died Sunday after cardiac arrest at Paris-Roubaix. Goolaerts’ team, Willems Veranda’s-Crelan, made the decision to participate after a difficult past few days.

“It was a very serene atmosphere at the start,” said race winner Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal). “There are teammates of mine that have raced with Michael. I know his teammates Sean De Bie and Zico Waeytens very well. They are going through a difficult time and I will try to support them.”