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Mathieu van der Poel: Shocking full story of Dutch elite cyclist’s attack on two teenage girls

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 male, grabbed her by both arms and pushed her against a wall.

Mathieu van der Poel, 27 – an accomplished cyclist who has won a stage of the Tour De France – was enraged by a group of teenage girls’ ‘knock and run’ fight on Saturday night.

The group of girls had repeatedly knocked on his room door on the ninth floor of Brighton-le-Sands Novotel on Saturday night, even though his girlfriend, Roxanne Bertels, had asked them to stop.

van der Poel waited for the girls to knock on the door of room 930 again, between 10.40pm and 10.50pm, then opened the door and chased them into the room opposite, according to court documents obtained by Daily Mail Australia.

A police statement said the 14-year-old ‘ran into a corner and sat down covering her face’ while van der Poel ‘grabbed her by both her arms, squeezed them and pushed her against a wall while he shouted at her’ .

Cyclist Mathieu van der Poel (pictured with his girlfriend Roxanne Bertels) pleaded guilty to assaulting two teenagers

Cyclist Mathieu van der Poel (pictured with his girlfriend Roxanne Bertels) pleaded guilty to assaulting two teenagers

The girl ‘suffered a minor carpet burn on her right elbow and redness on 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 went and pushed her against a wall ‘using two open hands’, causing her to fall ‘to the ground’.

The cyclist then went back to his room and the police arrived about five minutes later. van der Poel admitted that he followed the girls and shouted at them.

He was arrested and taken to Kogarah Police Station, where he refused to speak to legal services but agreed to a recorded interview.

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The court heard two young teenage girls were playing “knock and run” at Brighton Le Sands Novotel (above) when the cyclist pushed the two girls, causing one to fall

He admitted that he went into the room and grabbed one of the young women by the arm, and stated that he was ‘quite frustrated that the girls had continued to make noise and knock on his room, (when ) his girlfriend had previously told them to stop’.

Van der Poel, 27, who has won a stage in the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia, was due in court on Tuesday but chose to enter guilty pleas on Monday before Judge Hugh Donnelly at Sutherland Local Court.

He has been ordered to pay $1,500 in fines for two counts of common assault.

NSW Police alleged the athlete physically confronted the teenage girls at the Novotel in Brighton Le Sands on Saturday night because they played a knock-and-run prank on his door while he was trying to get some sleep before the race.

Police claimed Van der Poel pushed the two girls, causing one to fall and the other to hit a wall, where she was hit by a minor elbow.

Mathieu van der Poel (pictured right with his girlfriend Roxanne Bertels) was due to appear in Sutherland Local Court accused of assaulting two girls aged 13 and 14.

Mathieu van der Poel (pictured right with his girlfriend Roxanne Bertels) was due to appear in Sutherland Local Court accused of assaulting two girls aged 13 and 14.

Mathieu van der Poel (pictured right with his girlfriend Roxanne Bertels) was due to appear in Sutherland Local Court accused of assaulting two girls aged 13 and 14.

Van der Poel came upon the two young teenage girls playing 'knock and run' at Brighton Le Sands Novotel (above) and then pushed them, causing one to fall

Van der Poel came upon the two young teenage girls playing 'knock and run' at Brighton Le Sands Novotel (above) and then pushed them, causing one to fall

Van der Poel came upon the two young teenage girls playing ‘knock and run’ at Brighton Le Sands Novotel (above) and then pushed them, causing one to fall

He withdrew from a UCI Road World Championship race – a 266.9km race held in Wollongong, south of Sydney – following his release at 04.00 from police custody in the morning.

Despite having slept only a few hours, Van der Poel started the race but withdrew from it at around 11 a.m.

He was reportedly ‘crushed’ on Monday morning, according to his Team Alpecin-Deceuninck boss, Christoph Roodhooft.

“He didn’t sleep all night and was also mentally a bit broken,” 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 again in cycling and was hoping to have a good race today.’

The cyclist told Belgian website Sporza: ‘I went to bed early and many children in the hallway of my room found it necessary to knock on the door constantly.

‘After a few times I was done with it. I didn’t ask very nicely to stop. Then the police were called and I was taken.

‘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 world champion in cyclocross and junior world champion in road racing in 2013 was one of the favorites to win the rainbow jersey.

Van der Poel is 'mentally broken' after pleading guilty to assaulting two teenage girls and then having to withdraw from the race due to exhaustion following his arrest

Van der Poel is 'mentally broken' after pleading guilty to assaulting two teenage girls and then having to withdraw from the race due to exhaustion following his arrest

Van der Poel is ‘mentally broken’ after pleading guilty to assaulting two teenage girls and then having to withdraw from the race due to exhaustion following his arrest

Mathieu van der Poel of the Netherlands rides over the Sea Cliff Bridge during the elite men's road race at the World Road Cycling Championships in Wollongong, Australia, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022

Mathieu van der Poel of the Netherlands rides over the Sea Cliff Bridge during the elite men's road race at the World Road Cycling Championships in Wollongong, Australia, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022

Mathieu van der Poel of the Netherlands rides over the Sea Cliff Bridge during the elite men’s road race at the World Road Cycling Championships in Wollongong, Australia, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022