Mathieu van der Poel saw his Olympic dream on the mountain bike shatter on Monday due to a heavy crash in the opening round.

View the photos of the taste of the Brabander here.

Mathieu van der Poel crashed in the opening round of the Olympic mountain bike race.

Mathieu van der Poel crashed in the opening round of the Olympic mountain bike race.

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De Brabander misjudged a rock in the descent.

De Brabander misjudged a rock in the descent.

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Van der Poel landed hard on his back.

Van der Poel landed hard on his back.

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He then moved on.

He then moved on.

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And he had a lot of back pain.

And he had a lot of back pain.

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Van der Poel continued, but got off in the fifth round.

His Olympic dream came to an abrupt end.

Van der Poel continued, but got off in the fifth round.

His Olympic dream came to an abrupt end.