Cycling. Worlds: Van der Poel accused of "assault", forced into retirement
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Cycling. Worlds: Van der Poel accused of “assault”, forced into retirement

Wanted to be world champion but ended up in the police station: Dutch cycling champion Matthew van der Poel went from dream to nightmare on Sunday and will now have to respond to Australian justice for his assault on two teenage girls.

Arrested by police on Saturday night before being released early in the morning, the Dutchman began the World Road Race in Wollongong, an event that was among his favorites. But he dismounted after only thirty kilometers, exhausted and “mentally devastated.”

“He was going to pay the two teenage girls”

According to Christoph Roodhoft, manager of his professional Alpecin-Fenix ​​team, the multi-cycling world champion “didn’t sleep all night”, after an incident Saturday night at a Dutch hotel in Brighton-le-Sands, in the south. suburbs of Sydney, revealed by the Flemish channel Sporza. NSW Police, without revealing Van der Paul’s identity, confirmed that a 27-year-old man, the age of the contestant, had been charged with twice assaulting two teenage girls aged 13 and 14.

At about 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. Police said in a statement that according to the alleged facts, he pushed the two teenage girls, one of whom fell to the ground and the other was thrown against the wall, causing a slight scratch to her elbow.

“The hotel management was notified and then the police were called,” and “a 27-year-old man was arrested shortly thereafter,” before he was “transferred to Gujarat Police Station” where he “was accused of two cases of assault,” according to the police. added. Van der Poel is being released on bail and is now due to appear in court in Sutherland on Tuesday.

At the start of the race in the line, Van der Poel did not deny the accident. “Yes, that’s right, there was a little controversy,” he told reporters. “I wanted to go to bed early last night, but there were a lot of kids in the hotel lobby who kept knocking on my door. After a while, I got fed up. I told them, in a very unsympathetic way, to stop. Then the police were called and they took me away. To the outpost, he said.

Court summons on Tuesday

“Matthew went to bed at 9:00 pm, and in the middle of the night there was still noise. The children were playing in the hallway and banging on his door. He came to tell them to stop but obviously not in the right way,” Christoph Rudhoft said in an interview with the press. “.

After returning to his room “at 4 a.m.,” Van der Poel no longer slept for the blink of an eye all night, according to his team manager. “It’s certainly not perfect, it’s a disaster, but there’s nothing I can do about it. I’ll do my best,” said the runner before starting. He gave up only thirty kilometers into the race, before getting into a white SUV, without saying a word. lip.

Thunder bombardment shook the peloton. “What or what? Hello to me at first!” Double-champion Julian Alaphilippe shot his coach Thomas Voekler, when the latter came to him during the race to tell him that Van der Poel had “covered.” “It’s so frustrating, it’s mentally devastating,” said Christoph Rudhoft. “He had a lot of ambitions for this race. He had been gaining momentum for two months and found racing pleasure after climbing the Tour de France.”

But rather than being on a potential podium, Matthew van der Poel’s World Cup will be played at the stadium on Tuesday.

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