Olympia 2021: Mathieu van der Poel is looking for an explanation for a serious fall in a mountain bike race

“I wasn’t aware that the ramp was there during the exploration lap. I just knew that it wasn’t there during the test race,” wrote van der Poel on Twitter.

The Dutchman also posted a photo of the Olympic course from training with the ramp in question.

“My closest confidants know how hard I worked for it and how much I wanted gold,” wrote van der Poel on Instagram: “I was able to drive the route blindfolded, but I didn’t know that this ramp would be removed on race day will.”

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His coach Gerben de Knegt also said: “Mathieu said that he thought the ramp was still there. It was discussed at length that this would not be the case during the race.”

After the race, the medal favorite went to the hospital to have the painful hip examined after the fall. The WielerFlits portal reported that, according to the Dutch national coach Gerben de Knegt, no fractures were found in Van der Poel. “I’ll be back,” he wrote after the investigation on Instagram.

Heavy fall! Top favorite van der Poel gets out of the mountain bike

Particularly bitter: Van der Poel got out especially for the preparation and the dream of Olympic mountain bike gold at this year’s Tour de France after eight stages. On the Tour of France, van der Poel wore the overall leader’s yellow jersey for six days.

The Olympic victory in Tokyo went to Thomas Pidcock. The Briton prevailed against Mathias Flückiger from Switzerland. David Valero from Spain took bronze.

From a German perspective, veterans Manuel Fumic (28th place) and Maximilian Brandl (21st) crossed the finish line.

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