Van der Poel arrested by police hours before the race

Mathieu van der Poelone of the great favorites cycling world championships in AustraliaHe spent part of the night at the police station just before the start of the race on Sunday, September 25, 2022, and then gave up after 30 kilometers, the runner confirmed. Dutch.

According to the flamenco channel sporza Who revealed the case, the 27-year-old Dutchman, multiple cyclocross world champion and great classic hunter, was arrested by the police on Saturday night and Sunday after an incident at the Dutch hotel.

Contacted by AFP, New South Wales Police confirmed that a 27-year-old man was arrested on Saturday night and charged with two counts of assault. But she, as usual, did not confirm the identity of the defendant.

“At around 10:40pm on Saturday, a man was involved in a verbal altercation with two teenage boys aged 13 and 14 at a hotel in Brighton-Le-Sands. According to the reported facts, he pushed the two teenagers, one of them fell to the ground and the other was thrown against a wall, causing a small scratch on her elbow.police said in a statement.

‘Hotel management was notified and then called the police’ and ‘a 27-year-old man was arrested shortly after’according to the press release.

“He was taken to the Kogarah police station and charged with two cases of assault. He has been released on bail and is due to appear in court in Sutherland on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.”add the same font.

“Yes, it’s true, there was a little argument”Van der Poel confirmed to journalists at the start of the road race, the main event of these World Championships in Wollongong, before giving his version.

“I wanted to go to bed early last night, but there were many children in the hotel corridor who kept 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.” at the station, he said.

“I didn’t get back to my hotel room until four in the morning. It’s certainly not ideal, it’s even a mess, but there’s nothing you can do about it. I’ll do my best “Van der Poel said.

But then he gave up after only thirty kilometers of running.

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