He wanted to become a world champion but he ended up in the police station. Mathieu van der Poel went from dream to nightmare on Sunday, September 25, and now he will have to answer to the Australian courts for assault against two teenagers.
Arrested by police on Saturday night before being released early in the morning, the Dutchman took it well the start of the world road race in Wollongong, the queen test of which he was one of the great favorites. But he dismounted after only twenty miles, exhausted.
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According to Christoph Roodhooft, manager of his professional Alpecin-Deceuninck team, the multiple cyclocross world champion has “I did not sleep all night”following an incident on Saturday night at the hotel of his choice in Brighton-Le-Sands, in the southern suburbs of Sydney, revealed by the Flemish chain Sporza.
Without revealing, as usual, the identity of Van der Poel, the New South Wales police confirmed to AFP that a 27-year-old man, the age of the runner, had been accused of two assaults on two teenagers aged 13 and 14. years. .
“At around 10:40pm on Saturday, a man was involved in a verbal altercation with two teenage girls aged 13 and 14 at a hotel in Brighton-Le-Sands. He is alleged to have pushed the two teenage girls, one fell to the ground and the other one… another one being thrown against a wall, causing a small graze on his elbow.”police said in a statement.
“Hotel management was notified and then called the police.” Y “a 27-year-old man was arrested shortly after”before “taken to Kogarah Police Station” where have you been “charged with two cases of assault”the police added. Released on bail, Van der Poel is now due in court in Sutherland on Tuesday.
At the start of the online race, Van der Poel did not deny the incident. “Yes, it’s true, there was a little argument.he told reporters. I wanted to go to bed early last night, but there were many children in the hotel corridor knocking on my door. After a while, he was fed up. I told them, in a not very understanding way, to stop. That’s when they called the police and took me away.”
A strange affair for Mathieu van der Poel. Stopped last night in Australia, he was forced to retire in the first kilometers of the road race at the World Championships in Wollongong.
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“Mathieu went to bed at 9:00 p.m. and at midnight there was always noise. The children were playing in the corridor and knocking on his door. He went out to tell them to stop but obviously not in the right way.”Christoph Roodhooft continued, questioned by the press.
He went back to his room “at four in the morning”Van der Poel did not sleep all night, according to his team manager. “It’s certainly not ideal, it’s even a disaster, but there’s nothing I can do about it. I’ll do my best.”“said the cyclist before taking the exit.
He gave up after only thirty kilometers of running, before rushing into a white SUV, without saying a word. Thunder shook the platoon. “What? He greeted me at first!”launched two-time defending champion Julian Alaphilippe to his trainer, Thomas Voeckler, when the latter approached him during the race to break the news.
“He is very disappointed, he is mentally devastated.Christoph Roodhooft reported. I had high ambitions for this race. He had been gaining momentum for two months and had found the joy of racing after his difficult Tour de France.”
But instead of a potential podium finish, Mathieu van der Poel’s World Cup will be played on Tuesday 27 September on the pitch.