Two rooms, two atmospheres for returning to 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 2pm at Zaventem airport, near Brussels. When the time is at the reception for the first, welcomed as a hero by a whole crowd in his world champion jersey, the Dutchman should face him in the press, eager to hear his first reactions in the soap opera of the present time. “Of course I regret what happened. I’m guilty too, I admit. I shouldn’t have done that“, reacting to the particular one that condemned on Monday by Australian justice for “two young women were attacked on Saturday night in a hotel in Sydney“, before the road race of mwith the global.
Video – MVDP returns from Australia on the same plane as Evenepoel
“I grabbed a woman by the arm, but definitely not with the intention of hurting her”
Mathieu van der Poel then returned to this incident and gave his version of the facts, while the videos and first images emerged since Tuesday morning of the dispute between the cyclist and the two young women who angered him by hitting him of some picked up at his door. “That’s what I said: I’m holding a girl by the arm. Certainly not with the intention of offending anyone. Anyone who knows me knows that I never hurt anyone. There are many stories floating around about a stampede, but they are not true. That’s not what happened. There are two sides to a story and when you are in Australia it is very difficult to deal with“, he defended himself.
“I should have informed the reception or anyone else. But it’s late and I want to sleep. I thought I could solve this problem myself but it was wrong. Unfortunately, I can’t do anything about it now”he regretted it, now hoping to move on soon. “I’m trying to put that behind me and move on to see what’s next. Now I’m going home for a while, there’s some peace and quiet. Anyway, I’m very happy to be back in the country. The team and the lawyer will -take care of it’concluded Mathieu van der Poelwho certainly didn’t expect to come back from Australia with such business management…
– Cyclism’Actu (@cyclismactu) September 27, 2022
Videos of the argument have started circulating…
If the situation and the context of this incident remain unclear, images and videos began to circulate on the web where we see young women knocking on the door before running away, but where the images in the dispute does not recognize certainty. Mathieu van der Poel. The Dutch media Het Algemeen Dagblad received more explicit videos that he did not release because the young women were minors and identifiable. The videos will prove that the women knocked on the door of Mathieu van der Poel. Then we hear the runner explain that he hasn’t touched anyone but also that someone has been knocking on his door for three hours.
The oldest of the girls involved (14), explained that she did not notice that a professional runner was sleeping in a room close to hers. Another video will show the aftermath of the incident where “MVDPexplained to the parents that he had important work the next day. Accused by a woman who threatened them, Van der Poel he could have said he had to”call the police and tell them“. Something the girls’ parents clearly did. Taken to the police station the same night and fined on Monday, van der Poel was finally able to leave Australian territory last night.
AD saw some short videos of ðŸ‡³ðŸ‡± MVDP hotel stories made by women. Two of the three (12, 13, 14 years old) played ‘knock and run’. The parents slept in another room. MVDP quickly chased them after knocking on his door to their room. No hit or push.https://t.co/4Luivy1Zlr
— Cyclocross24.com (@cyclocross24) September 27, 2022
Mathieu Van der Poel: “Yes, it’s true, there was a little dispute…”
As a reminder, before the road race starts this Sunday, Mathieu van der Poel already commented on this event. “Yes it’s true, there was a bit of an argumenthe explained to the reporters who were there at the beginning, before delivering his version of the facts. I wanted to go to bed early last night but there were many children in the hallway of the hotel who kept knocking on my door. After a while, I got tired of it. I told them, in a very unsympathetic way, to stop. Then the police were called and they took me away. I didn’t get back to my hotel room until four in the morning. It’s not good at all, it’s a disaster, but I can’t do anything about it. I will do my best.”
Returning to Europe, van der Poel explained: “There was no throwing, I took a woman by the arm” #velortbf https://t.co/Tv4hgmu3KI
– RTBF Sport (@RTBFsport) September 27, 2022