The Dutchman was betting heavily on this race, but said goodbye to his golden dream after not even 10 minutes of testing.

Mathieu van der Poel said goodbye to his Olympic title dreams in Tokyo on Monday. Barely started in the mountainbike event, the Dutchman crashed heavily after badly negotiating a jump. He then remained on the ground for a while before getting back on his ATV.

After the first lap, van der Poel was over a minute behind the leader. Enough to suggest that the gold medal will not be this time.