- Dutch cyclist Mathieu van der Poel pulls out of race for World Championships
- He has been charged with assaulting two teenage girls in Wollongong, NSW
- The 27-year-old is in Australia for the UCI Road World Championships
A Dutch cycling star sensationally withdrew from the World Championships road race on Sunday after being accused of assaulting two teenage girls.
Matthew van der Poel, 27, will face court after being arrested and charged just hours before the race, where he held one of the title favorites for the 2022 UCI Road World Championships – 266.9 in Wollongong, south of Sydney. km race was being organized. ,
Police allege the athlete physically confronted girls aged 13 and 14 at Novotel in Brighton Le Sands on Saturday evening as they were trying to get some sleep before a race when they knocked on her door. Were. ,
Authorities at Sydney’s St George’s Command have confiscated van der Poel’s passport ahead of his appearance in Sutherland Court on 27 September, charging him with two counts of assaulting a child.
The rider who did not release from police custody till 4 a.m. returned to the race for an hour from exhaustion.
Matthew van der Poel (pictured right with his girlfriend Roxanne Bertels) will appear in front of a Sydney court on Tuesday
Before the start of the race, he told the Belgian website Sporza, ‘I fell asleep early and many children in the hallway of my room found it necessary to knock on the door constantly.
‘After some time I was done with it. I didn’t ask to stop so well. Then the police were called and I was taken away.
‘I didn’t come back to my room till 4 o’clock. It is definitely not ideal. It’s a disaster, but I can’t change anything anymore.’
NSW Police allege that van der Poel pushed two girls, causing one to fall and the other to hit a wall, causing minor injuries to her elbow.
“The incident was reported to hotel management, who then called police,” a NSW Police spokesman said in a statement.
‘St George’s Police Area Command officers attended and arrested a 27-year-old man shortly after.’
Matthew van der Poel of the Netherlands rides the Sea Cliff Bridge during the elite men’s road race at the World Road Cycling Championships in Wollongong, Australia, Sunday, September 25, 2022.
Matthew van der Poel (pictured with his girlfriend Roxanne Bertels) is accused of assaulting two children
Van der Poel was taken to the Kogra police station where he remained until 4 a.m. The race began at 10.15 a.m.
Van der Poel watched the race, despite only sleeping for a few hours, but retired from it around 11am.
He was released on bail and will appear in Sutherland Court on Tuesday.
The four-time cyclo-cross world champion and 2013 road race junior world champion was one of the favorites to win the rainbow jersey.
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