Investigation launched into Paris-Roubaix rider’s death

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina FILE – In this Thursday, April 5, 2018 file photo a cyclist trains ahead of Sunday’s 116th edition of the Paris-Roubaix cycling classic, in Haveluy, northern France. Belgian rider Michael Goolaerts died of cardiac arrest after collapsing while competing in the Paris-Roubaix race on Sunday April 8. Goolaerts’ team said the 23-year-old died in a Lille hospital where he had been taken by helicopter from the one-day classic. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)PARIS — French judicial officials launched an investigation Monday into the death of Belgian rider Michael Goolaerts during the Paris-Roubaix cycling race.Goolaerts died Sunday after collapsing during the one-day classic on cobblestones in northern France.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next READ: Belgian cyclist dies in Paris-Roubaix raceCambrai prosecutor Remi Schwartz told The Associated Press that an autopsy will be performed on Goolaerts’ body in the coming days to determine the exact cause of death.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe 23-year-old Belgian died at a hospital in Lille, where he had been taken by helicopter from the race. Organizers said in a medical statement that he suffered a cardio-respiratory arrest.Goolaerts had been airlifted to the hospital after collapsing about 150 kilometers (93 miles) from the finish in the second of the 29 cobblestone sectors of the race known as “The Hell of the North.” No images of the incident were available but TV footage of the race showed Goolaerts lying unresponsive on the side of the road as the peloton passed him. He was then attended to by a medical team and appeared to receive CPR. Ferrari mechanic hit by Raikkonen says he’s OK after surgery Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident According to Schwartz, early investigation results indicate that Goolaerts might have fallen off his bike because of a cardiac episode, and that it was not the crash that led to his death.“But at this stage we don’t have any absolute certainty,” he said. “There is no obvious explanation, nor an obvious traumatism as the cause (of his death).”Goolaerts was in his fourth year with the Veranda’s Willems-Crelan team. He rode in support of cyclo-cross world champion Wout van Aert of Belgium at Paris-Roubaix. His most significant result this season was 20th at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.Goolaerts’ death came two years after Belgian cyclist Daan Myngheer died following a heart attack during the Criterium International race in Corsica. Another Belgian cyclist, Antoine Demoitie, died the same year following a crash in the Gent-Wevelgem race.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast View commentslast_img read more

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‘Just the beginning’ for Neymar as PSG hit key run

first_img“I wasn’t expecting this at the beginning, these statistics with Paris Saint-Germain. But I’m here to help the team and my teammates and to try and do better each day, in each match, and that’s the most important thing,” Neymar told PSG TV.“It’s not my objective to be the team’s main player, the lad who gets the most assists or scores the most goals. I just want to play my own football, that’s how it is, I want to make things happen.”Neymar followed up a four-goal performance in an 8-0 win over Dijon with a brace in last weekend’s 4-0 rout of Montpellier, and despite constant speculation about his future, he is adamant there is much more to come in Paris.Monaco’s Radamel Falcao warms up prior to their French Ligue 1 match against Metz, at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco, on January 21, 2018 © AFP/File / VALERY HACHE“It’s just the beginning,” said the 25-year-old, who scored the club’s 2000th goal at the Parc des Princes against Montpellier.“Making history with this club is an important thing for a player. That’s why I came here. To make history and help PSG progress.”After Saturday’s trip north, PSG visit second-tier Sochaux in the French Cup and then host Toulouse in Ligue 1 before all eyes turn to the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash with holders Real Madrid in Spain on February 14.Lille, the French champions in 2011, are just one place above the bottom three after a tumultuous first half of the campaign that resulted in an acrimonious divorce between the club and mercurial Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa.– The race for second –While PSG continue their inexorable march towards a fifth title in six years, the battle for second place intensifies this weekend as Lyon host defending champions Monaco on Sunday.It will be the second meeting in 10 days after Lyon dumped Monaco out in the last of 32 of the French Cup following a 3-2 victory at the Stade Louis II.But after six wins in seven league outings, Lyon slumped to a 3-1 defeat last time out on what was Gustavo Poyet’s debut as Bordeaux coach having replaced the sacked Jocelyn Gourvennec.Monaco sealed a return to the French League Cup final on Wednesday as Radamel Falcao struck twice in a 2-0 defeat of Montpellier to set up a rematch against last year’s winners PSG.“He (Falcao) hadn’t scored in three games but everyone knows he’s a big player and all players know there are times when they don’t score,” said Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim.“Now we have time to think about the final, we will prepare better for the final than last season,” he added, after seeing his side thrashed 4-1 by PSG a year ago.Marseille, who are level on 48 points with Lyon after Sunday’s 2-2 home draw with Monaco, will look for a fifth league win in six when they host bottom-of-the-table Metz on Friday.Fixtures (all times 10pm unless stated)FridayMarseille v Metz (10:45pm)SaturdayLille v Paris Saint-Germain (7pm), Amiens v Saint-Etienne, Montpellier v Angers, Nice v Toulouse, Strasbourg v BordeauxSundayRennes v Guingamp (5pm), Caen v Nantes (7pm), Monaco v Lyon (11pm)Troyes v Dijon – postponed to February 20 due to floods0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar (front) fights for the ball with Rennes’ Jeremy Gelin during their French League Cup semi-final match, at the Roazhon Park stadium in Rennes, on January 30, 2018 © AFP/File / DAMIEN MEYERPARIS, France, Feb 2 – Neymar insists his Paris Saint-Germain career is just getting started as the runaway French league leaders prepare for a crucial stretch of matches that will likely define their season.PSG go to struggling Lille on Saturday, exactly six months on from Neymar’s world-record transfer from Barcelona, with the Brazilian superstar bidding to add to his overall haul of 26 goals from 24 matches.last_img read more

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