What controversies in the Cycling World Championships in Australia! Mathieu Van Der Poel as stopped and detained at the Kogarah police station due to a quarrel with two girls aged 13 and 14, who allegedly annoyed him with screams and shouts in the corridors of the hotel where he was staying.
The cyclist was reported for assault by the girls' parents. When questioned about the incident, the cyclist was punished with the withdrawal of his passport and called to appear next Tuesday in Sydney before the judge. The Dutchman said about the issue: "I went to bed early and young people started knocking on every door in the corridor where my room was.
After a while it got bored and I asked to stop, too. if not very kindly. There was a little argument. At that point the police were called and I was taken away. I went back to my room at four in the morning, a disaster." Son of Adrie van der Poel and grandson of Raymond Poulidor, both already cyclists, he is a versatile athlete.
In the cyclocross specialty he has won four Elite world titles, in 2015, 2019, 2020 and 2021, one World Cup, three European titles, four Superprestige and two DVV Verzekeringen Trofee. On the road he was silver in line at the 2018 European Championships and won the Amstel Gold Race 2019, the Giro delle Flandre 2020 and 2022, the Strade Bianche 2021, a stage in the Tour de France 2021 and a stage in the Giro d'Italia 2022; in cross country on mountain bike he was bronze at the 2018 world championships and 2019 European champion.
Remco Evenepoel won the men's world championship
The Belgian cyclist took the title back to his country 10 years after Philippe Gilbert's 2012 victory. The cyclist had already won the Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Clásica San Sebastián and the Vuelta a España this season.
He won more than two minutes ahead of France's Christophe Laporte, second, and Australian Michael Matthews. Evenepoel opens the 2022 season at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana: he wins the first stage, but manages to keep the lead in the general classification only up to the third stage, during which he is detached from the Bora-Hansgrohe rider Aleksandr Vlasov.
In March Evenepoel opens its World Tour calendar presenting itself as captain of Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl at Tirreno-Adriatico. He retains the second place in the overall standings and the jersey of best youngster from the first to the penultimate stage.
However, he reaches the finish line of the latter with a delay of four minutes compared to the winner of the stage Tadej Pogačar and drops to eleventh place in the general classification, a position that he occupies until the end of the competition. I
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