Mathieu van der Poel abandons altitude camp due to back pain, team insist his race program remains unchanged

The Dutchman is scheduled to race again at the end of August

Mathieu van der Poel
(Image credit: Getty)

Mathieu van der Poel has left an altitude training camp in Livigno, Italy, early due to back pain, his team has confirmed.

The Dutchman fell heavily in the Tokyo Olympics mountain bike race, having tumbled on a downhill section where he claimed he didn't know organisers would remove a ramp that had been present during practice laps.

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