Dutch mountain biker Mathieu van der Poel is shipped to hospital after horrific crash at Tokyo Olympics which noticed him somersault over his handlebars – and he blames lacking wood plank for the accident
Dutch bicycle owner Mathieu van der Poel blamed the removing of a wood ramp for his heavy fall throughout the cross-country mountain bike occasion on the Tokyo Olympics.
Whereas in fifth place within the lead group, the person who wore the yellow jersey in the beginning of the Tour de France flipped over the handlebars after falling off a rock, after which slid down a slope. He was shocked for just a few moments earlier than getting again on his bike.
The Dutchman, who’s the grandson of legendary bicycle owner Raymond Poulidor, lastly gave up with one lap to go after shedding loads of floor on the opposite contestants. He ultimately left the race and went to hospital for X-rays on a hip damage.
Netherlands’ Mathieu van der Poel crashes throughout the biking mountain bike males’s cross nation occasion
Van der Poel had forgotten in regards to the wood ramps removing earlier than the beginning of the race, which lead him to crash and go away the race injured
The Dutch rider crashed very closely early within the race in entrance of Pidcock, who went on to win the occasion
Each Dutch nationwide coach Gerben de Knegt and Van der Poel’s team-mate Milan Vader, who positioned tenth, couldn’t clarify how the pre-race favorite had not realised the plank can be eliminated.
After Thomas Pidcock’s ultimate victory, De Knegt gave some perception on the Dutchman’s crash. In coaching, a wood board had the truth is been positioned behind the rocks for the security of the riders.
Nonetheless, on the day of the Olympic occasion, the ramp was eliminated as deliberate however Van der Poel appeared to have forgotten about it.
Van der Poel of the Netherlands holds his wrist after crashing on a hill
Van der Poel bought up after the crash earlier than leaving the race to go to hospital for X-ray scans
‘It could be exhausting to say, however we talked about that in lunch in the present day,’ Vader instructed NOS.
‘Mathieu mentioned: ”Gosh everybody jumps there.” I requested: ”Will not you, then?” He mentioned, ”No, I am going to roll off that plank,” then I mentioned that they’d eliminated that board on the check occasion in 2019 for the competitors.’
Van der Poel confirmed on Twitter that he was below the impression the plank can be in place throughout the race.
‘I used to be not conscious of it – that plank was there throughout the reconnaissance. I solely heard that it had been eliminated on the check occasion,’ wrote Van der Poel.