the dutch cyclist Mathieu van der Poel pleaded guilty to assaulting two teenagers on the eve of his participation in the 2022 Wollongong Cycling World Championships, road race, and was fined 1,500 Australian dollars, 974.85 dollars, According to his lawyer on Monday.
Van der Poel, aged 27, was charged with two common assault charges after a confrontation with the girls -13 and 14 years old- which, according to him,repeatedly knocked on his door at the concentration hoteland then they ran away.
the police of New south Wales He said one of the teens fell to the ground and the other suffered a slight graze on her elbow after being pushed against a wall. She called the police when she contacted the hotel management and The girls’ father filed a complaint.
Mathieu van der Poel was arrested on Saturday night in Wollongong. There was an incident with noisy children at the Dutchman’s hotel. The cyclist stated that: “I did not ask so nicely for them to stop. Then they called the police and took me away.” 😱😭#ESPNCycling pic.twitter.com/9RJ5OZdNao
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“We review the relevant events that occurred, was arrested by the police he was interviewed by the police and he said certain things to the police,” he told Reuters Van der Poel’s lawyer, Michael Bowe.
Mathieu agreed with some of those accusations. In discussing it, it was agreed that he should plead guilty. In Australia, if you plead guilty you can get out without conviction (…) but that was not the case here.
bowe confirmed that will appeal the conviction on two counts of assault. A Van der Poel has also been allowed to leave the country. after returning the passport.
The cyclist, who was one of the favorites to win the race, held this Sunday in the coastal city of Wollongong, subsequently abandoned after only 30 of the 267 kilometers of the road test.
the belgian Remco Evenepoel won the road cycling world title with a solo getaway. Second place went to French Christophe Laporte and the third for the Australian Michael Matthews.
(With information from Reuters)