He had said it: "I haven't used the MTB for a year” and it was seen from the banal fall that staged a lack of sensitivity in the off-road. A real shame for the Dutchman who hit his face violently and withdrew. After the Tokyo Olympics, another MTB disappointment. But he will know how to recover.
VIDEO FALL MATHIEU VAN DER POEL
My front wheel slipped on a gravel patch, which was one of the easiest parts of the circuit. My sensations on the MTB bike were good all week and then I crashed in the least expected area when I had made a good start. I feel angry with myself. I will also draw strength from this. This makes me stronger. It doesn't affect my plans to race MTB. The goal is still the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. I have to thank Tom Schellekens for getting an Olympic spot. Inside it was all a lucky accident – Mathieu Van der Poel