Dutch biking star Mathieu van der Poel will try and overturn a conviction for assaulting two teenage ladies in a Sydney lodge the evening earlier than the boys’s world championship highway race.
The Tour de France stage winner was arrested hours earlier than Sunday’s race in Wollongong the place the 27-year-old was one of many favourites.
Van der Poel had confronted two ladies – grabbing one on the arm and pushing the opposite – after he says they repeatedly knocked on his lodge door on Saturday evening and ran away.
After the two-time Tour of Flanders champion pleaded responsible on Monday, Sutherland native courtroom Justice of the Peace Hugh Donnelly convicted him and ordered he pay fines of A$1,000 and A$500 for the 2 widespread assaults.
The grandson of famed French bike owner Raymond Poulidor was to guide the Dutch group in Sunday’s 266.9km race however withdrew throughout the first 30km. Bauke Mollema completed finest positioned for the Netherlands in twenty fifth.
“He [Van der Poel] admits he handled it inappropriately however nonetheless there’s an evidence,” prison lawyer Michael Bowe stated.
“The harm he suffered was huge. He looks like he’s let his complete nation down and his complete group.”
With the courtroom matter over and his bail circumstances not in impact, Van der Poel was in a position to retrieve his passport and fly in a foreign country on Monday night.
Nevertheless, Bowe will lodge a sentence enchantment on Tuesday morning within the district courtroom, in search of to put aside the convictions.
New South Wales police had alleged the bike owner pushed two ladies within the hallway of his Brighton-Le-Sands lodge, with one falling over and the opposite hitting a wall, struggling a minor graze to her elbow.
Van der Poel’s CV consists of 4 cyclocross world championships, stage wins within the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia and a number of other victories within the one-day spring classics.
He wore the yellow jersey for six phases within the 2021 Tour and represented the Netherlands in mountain biking on the Tokyo Olympics.