Shocking details have emerged of how an elite Dutch cyclist chased two girls into their hotel room in Sydney’s south, cornered a 14-year-old girl, grabbed her by both arms and pushed against a wall.
Mathieu van der Poel, 27 – an accomplished cyclist who won a stage in the Tour de France – got angry at a group of teenage girls “hit and run” on Saturday night.
The incident happened hours before he was due to compete in the world road cycling championships held in Wollongong.
One of the favorites to win the men’s road race, van der Poel subsequently retired after just 30 of the 267 kilometers the following day.
The group of girls had repeatedly knocked on the door of her room on the ninth floor of the Novotel in Brighton-le-Sands on Saturday evening, even though her partner, Roxanne Bertels, had asked them to stop.
van der Poel waited for the girls to knock on the door to room 930 again, between 10:40 p.m. and 10:50 p.m., then opened the door and chased them into the room opposite, according to court documents obtained by Daily Mail Australia .
A police statement of facts said the 14-year-old ‘ran into a corner and sat down covering her face’ while van der Poel ‘grabbed her by both arms, pulled them down. tight and pushed her against a wall while yelling at her.
Cyclist Mathieu van der Poel (pictured with his girlfriend Roxanne Bertels) pleaded guilty to assaulting two teenagers
The girl “suffered a slight carpet burn to her right elbow and redness to her left forearm”.
The 13-year-old “was in the same room” while the cyclist assaulted the other girl. She then “attempted to leave the room”.
Van der Poel then approached and pushed her against a wall “with two open hands”, which caused her to fall “to the ground”.
The cyclist then returned to his room and the police arrived about five minutes later. van der Poel admitted to following the girls and yelling at them.
He was arrested and taken to Kogarah Police Station, where he declined to speak to Legal Services but agreed to a recorded interview.
The court heard two young teenage girls were playing ‘hit and run’ at the Brighton Le Sands Novotel (above) when the cyclist pushed the two girls causing one to fall
He admitted to walking into the room and grabbing one of the young women by the arm, and said he was “quite frustrated that the girls kept making noise and knocking in his room, (when) his girlfriend had already asked them to stop”.
Van der Poel, 27, who won a stage in the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia, was due to appear on Tuesday but opted to plead guilty on Monday before Magistrate Hugh Donnelly of Sutherland Local Court.
He was ordered to pay $1,500 in fines for two counts of common assault.
NSW Police have alleged the athlete physically confronted the teenage girls at the Brighton Le Sands Novotel on Saturday night because they played a prank on his door as he tried to sleep before the race.
Police alleged that Van der Poel pushed the two girls, causing one to fall and the other to hit a wall, suffering a minor scrape on their elbow.
Mathieu van der Poel (pictured right with his girlfriend Roxanne Bertels) was due to appear in Sutherland Local Court for assaulting two girls aged 13 and 14.
Van der Poel encountered the two young teenage girls playing ‘hit and run’ at the Brighton Le Sands Novotel (above) and then pushed them, knocking one of them down
He pulled out of a UCI Road World Championship race – a 266.9km race taking place in Wollongong, south of Sydney – after he was released at 4am from police custody the morning of the race.
Despite only having slept for a few hours, Van der Poel started the race, but retired around 11 a.m.
He would have been “broken” on Monday morning, according to his Alpecin-Deceuninck team boss, Christoph Roodhooft.
“He didn’t sleep all night and was also a bit broken mentally,” Roodhooft told reporters.
“He expected a lot from this day (race) and did everything he could in the last two months after his bad Tour de France.
“He had found joy and happiness in cycling again and hoped to have a great race today.”
The cyclist told Belgian website Sporza: “I went to bed early and there were a lot of kids in the hallway to my room that had to knock on the door all the time.
“After a few times I was done with it. I didn’t ask so nicely to stop. Then the police were called and I was taken away.
“I wasn’t back in my room until 4 o’clock. It’s certainly not ideal. It’s a disaster, but I can’t change anything anymore.
The four-time cyclo-cross world champion and 2013 junior road race world champion was one of the favorites to win the rainbow jersey.
Van der Poel is ‘mentally broken’ after pleading guilty to assaulting two young teenage girls then having to pull out of the race due to exhaustion after his arrest
Mathieu van der Poel of the Netherlands crosses the Sea Cliff Bridge during the elite men’s road race at the World Road Cycling Championships in Wollongong, Australia on Sunday, September 25, 2022