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.

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