The head coach of the Dutch Cycling Federation (KNWU), Jan Van Veenwill not return on Monday with the team that participated in the worlds in Wollongong (Australia). He will try to help Mathieu Van der Poel (Netherlands / Alpecin-Deceuninck) who is in a very bad position with the Australian justice system after the accidents that occurred on the eve of the road race of the world championshipsevent won by Belgian prodigy Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl). He explains his choice to RTBF. “Matthew (Van der Poel) he’s part of a KNWU delegation, so it seems appropriate to stay here.”
Video – Mathieu Van der Poel did not finish the race online
Jan Van Veen: “There are only losers in this case”
“The basis of the problem is that people have not behaved well in the corridor. Mathieu reacted, without imagining that the consequences would be so important. If he had known, he would have contacted security, he could have called us and we could have found him another room. Mathieu tried to solve the problem himself. In retrospect, it was not helpful. They all agree. Is there someone to blame…? It’s hard to say. There are only losers in this case. These are things that we would obviously prefer not to witness.” the coach of Netherlands despite everything, he understands his rider’s reaction. “But I can well imagine how he felt. You are trying to sleep and something is stopping you. It builds slowly until you go out into the hallway and you go to these people in a bit of an aggressive way.”
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Rodhoeft: “Mathieu fell asleep at 9 at night, but at midnight…”
This is one of the highlights of these world championships a wollongong in Australia who discussed this Sunday… but unfortunately, in the miscellaneous section. Considered one of the online racing favorites of the world championships, Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands / Alpecin-Deceuninck) quickly left the event, a few kilometers after the start! During the night before these World Championships, the Dutch driver had been taken to the police station after an incident at the hotel where he was staying. The reason: there was an altercation with two young girls who apparently knocked on his door at 10:40 p.m. on Saturday night. the resident ofAlpecin-Deceuninck he would have pushed one who was slightly injured. The police would have intervened, arrested… and MVDP he couldn’t get back to bed before 4 am on Sunday.
His passport has been confiscated and he is due in court on Tuesday. Mathieu van der Poel he had certainly been able to take the start of the run, before finally giving up quickly. team sports director Alpecin-Deceuninck – Christoph Roodhooft – explained this event to the many media present on the spot, including the RTBF : “Mathieu fell asleep at 9pm, but at midnight there was still noise in the corridor. There were children, teenagers, knocking on his door, he explains. But the third time, Mathieu opened the door and someone called the police and the police took Mathieu to the office for an explanation… “