“I admit I made a mistake. I never wanted to hurt anyone,” the Dutchman told Het Latse Nieuws at Brussels airport. Van der Poel’s two girls the night before the World Championship race on September 25 who had disturbed her sleep by repeatedly knocking on her door.Because the 27-year-old is said to have pushed one of the girls, she was booked for assault. The cyclist was fined the equivalent of 1,000 euros in Australia and then allowed to return home.
The former cross world champion refuted the version that he pushed a girl. Van der Poel insisted that he held the girl’s hand. “Those rumors that I pushed to someone are not true. There are two sides to the story, but it was difficult to prove it in Australia,” said the Alpecin professional. “I apologize for making a mistake. I shouldn’t have done that. I should have called reception.”
That’s exactly what the judge told him to do. Through his actions, van der Poel took the law into his own hands. As a result of the complaint, the medalist had spent much of the night before the race for the World Championship in the police station. He got off his bike after an hour in the race itself.
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