Worlds – Van der Poel: “I’m sorry… I shouldn’t have done that!”

Two rooms, two atmospheres for the return of Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) and Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Deceuninck) this Tuesday. The two cycling stars returned from Australia on the same plane and landed in Europe around 2 p.m. at Zaventem airport, near Brussels. If the time was at the party for the first, welcomed as a hero by a whole people with his jersey of world champion, the Dutchman had to face him with the press, eager to hear his first reactions on the soap opera of the moment . “Of course I regret what happened. I’m also at fault, I admit. I should not have done that“, reacted in particular the one who was condemned Monday by the Australian justice for having “assaulted two young girls on Saturday night at a hotel in Sydney“, just before the road race of the Mglobal.

Video – MVDP returned from Australia on the same plane as Evenepoel

“I was holding a girl by the arm, but certainly not with the intention of hurting her”

Mathieu van der Poel then returned to this incident and gave his version of the facts, while videos and first images have surfaced since this Tuesday morning on the altercation between the cyclist and the two young girls who annoyed him by hitting several picked up at his door. “That’s what I said: I was holding a girl by the arm. Certainly not with the intention of hurting anyone. Anyone who knows me knows that I’ve never hurt anyone. There are a lot of stories floating around about a stampede, but it’s absolutely not true. That’s not what happened. There are two sides to a story and when you’re in Australia it’s very difficult to deal with“, he defends himself.

“I should have informed the reception or someone else anyway. But it was late and I wanted to sleep. I thought I could solve this problem myself but it went wrong. Unfortunately , I can’t do anything about it now”he regretted, now hoping to be able to move on as soon as possible. “I’m trying to put that behind me and move on to see what comes next. Now I’m going to go home for a while, have some peace and quiet. Anyway, I’m very happy to ‘to be back in the country. The team and the lawyer will now take care of it’concluded Mathieu van der Poelwho surely did not expect to return from Australia with such a business to manage…

Videos of the argument are starting to circulate…

If the situation and the context of this incident remain very vague, images and videos are beginning to circulate on the web where we see young girls knocking on a door before fleeing, but where the images of the altercation do not identify with certainty Mathieu van der Poel. The Dutch media Het Algemeen Dagblad received more explicit videos which he did not release because the young girls are underage and recognizable. The videos would confirm that the girls knocked on the door of Mathieu van der Poel. We would then hear the runner explain that he had not touched anyone but also that there had been a knock on his door for three hours.

The oldest of the girls involved (14), explained that she was not aware that a professional runner was sleeping in a room close to hers. Another video would show the aftermath of the incident in which “MVDPexplains to the parents that he had an important errand the next day. Accused by a woman of having threatened them, Van der Poel would then have said that she should “call the police and tell them“. Something that the girls’ parents had obviously already done. Taken to the police station the same evening and fined on Monday, van der Poel was finally able to leave Australian territory last night.

Mathieu Van der Poel: “Yes, it’s true, there was a little argument…”

As a reminder, just before taking the start of the road race this Sunday, Mathieu van der Poel had already commented on this incident. “Yes it’s true, there was a little argumenthe explained to the journalists present at the start, before delivering his version of the facts. I wanted to go to bed early last night but there were plenty of kids in the hotel hallway who kept knocking on my door. After a while, I was fed up. I told them, in a not very sympathetic way, to stop. It was then that the police were called and took me away. I wasn’t back in my hotel room until four in the morning. It’s certainly not ideal, it’s even a disaster, but there’s nothing I can do about it. I will do my best.

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