Mathieu van der Poel crashes out of Olympic Games mountain bike race

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Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) comes off at the Tokyo Olympic Games (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) crashed heavily in the opening stages of the mountain bike race at the Tokyo Olympic Games. The Dutch rider came into the event as a major favourite and looked comfortable in the opening stages of the technical and hilly course.

However, on a short downhill section, the wearer of the Tour de France yellow jersey hit the deck. He had been sitting inside the top-five in the race when the incident occurred.

It looked as though he was out of the race as he sat on the ground for almost a full minute but he eventually got to his feet and began racing again. The Dutchman held the leaders at just over a minute for over four laps of racing but with the medals already out of the picture and the rider in visible pain, he eventually abandoned with just over two laps remaining.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.