Mathieu van der Poel injured in crash at Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne

Mathieu Van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) in the front group
Mathieu Van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) in the front group (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

After experiencing the highest of highs in road cycling, winning the Tour of Flanders, Mathieu Van der Poel's fortunes came crashing down in a storm-blown Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne when the Dutch champion crashed into a drainage ditch.

Van der Poel was in a leading group with 16km to go after the race was shattered in heavy winds and, trying to move up on the edge of the road on the left side of the group, he was caught by a gust of wind and tumbled head first into a deep culvert.

Alpecin-Fenix confirmed that Van der Poel had sustained a mild concussion. Team manager Christoph Roodhooft told Sporza that the rider complained of "a sore neck, headache and feels very nauseous."

Team doctors evaluated Van der Poel and confirmed a concussion but said he did not have to go to the hospital and will be monitored over the coming days. 

Roodhooft said the crash happened as the Deceuninck-QuickStep team of eventual winner Yves Lampaert tried to gutter the group. 

"On the last bit with crosswinds, Mathieu was run off the road. Not by someone's rear wheel. The men from Deceuninck-Quick Step tried to put everything to one side and he was pushed off road. Very unfortunate for him.

"Next to the side was a very deep ditch, which he ended up in. He said he has a very sore neck, a headache and he feels very nauseous. He probably really fell on his head."

Thank you for reading 5 articles in the past 30 days*

Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read any 5 articles for free in each 30-day period, this automatically resets

After your trial you will be billed £4.99 $7.99 €5.99 per month, cancel anytime. Or sign up for one year for just £49 $79 €59

Join now for unlimited access

Try your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Cyclingnews is the world's leader in English-language coverage of professional cycling. Started in 1995 by University of Newcastle professor Bill Mitchell, the site was one of the first to provide breaking news and results over the internet in English. The site was purchased by Knapp Communications in 1999, and owner Gerard Knapp built it into the definitive voice of pro cycling. Since then, major publishing house Future PLC has owned the site and expanded it to include top features, news, results, photos and tech reporting. The site continues to be the most comprehensive and authoritative English voice in professional cycling.