Mathieu van der Poel Pleads Guilty to Assault After Altercation with Teenage Girls

Sep 26, 2022 at 8:09
by Ed Spratt  
Van der Poel is going to have to turn it up a couple notches come Leogang.

Mathieu van der Poel has pleaded guilty after being charged with two counts of common assault after an incident involving two teenage girls before the Road World Championships last weekend.

Mathieu is reported to have assaulted the girls aged 13 and 14 after they repeatedly knocked on his door the night before the World Championships race and prevented him from sleeping. Mathieu is said to have pushed one of the girls against a wall and the other to the floor where she injured her arm. Mathieu told Belgian website Sporza: "After a few times I was done with it. I didn't ask so nicely to stop. Then the police were called and I was taken."

Following the altercation, Mathieu spent most of the night in Police custody before being allowed back to his room at 4 am with a court date for Tuesday 27 September and his passport confiscated.

At the request of his lawyer, the court date was moved forward as his flight home was scheduled for Monday evening. Mathieu has since pleaded guilty to the two counts of common assault although his lawyer states that he will appeal against the conviction. On the verdict Mathieu's lawyer Michael Bowe told Reuters: "Mathieu agreed with some of those allegations. On discussing it was agreed he should plead guilty. In Australia, if you plead guilty you can walk away with no conviction... but it was not the case here."

After the verdict, Mathieu was handed a 1,500 Australian dollar fine and was given his passport back and allowed to leave the country. Due to the judge's ruling, Mathieu will not be allowed back into Australia for three years.

We have reached out for comment and will update this story if we receive any additional information.

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  • 419 1
 Committed a crime and not allowed back into Australia for 3 years...used to be the other way around!
  • 20 2
 subtle. I like it. Beer
  • 13 1
 It’s not like he Chris Browned them or anything z.
  • 104 0
 Australian border entry: have you ever committed a crime?
Visitor: is that still required for entry?
  • 13 27
flag nickfranko (Sep 26, 2022 at 13:53) (Below Threshold)
 Not like he's missing out on much. Imagine actually being sad to not be able to come back to Aussie-land.
  • 13 7
 @nickfranko: BIGGER than TEXAS, and also 1000 times more worth visiting.
  • 2 3
 He pled guilty to two counts of common assault and paid a fine of $1500 before going home.
  • 257 4
 There was a ramp outside his door, and these kids removed it causing him to fall!
  • 4 2
  • 3 2
 That there is a winner!
  • 5 6
 Underrated comment.
  • 137 24
 This is why I hate kids
  • 57 5
 Luckily some kind people tolerated all of us through our childhoods!
  • 36 9
 @BiNARYBiKE: doesn't mean we didn't deserve to be punted
  • 6 7
 @blowmyfuse: So you're saying you never got punted because you always ran away after being a terd or the adults around you were sensible enough to not punt you after being a terd?
  • 4 7
 You're still a kid.
  • 8 2
 @DizzyNinja: If I were to bump and run a door, I'm not coming back, not sticking around, not sassing the person the opens the door. You'd need to be at least a Division 2 or FBS sprinter to catch me on a door knock mission.
  • 23 5
 "I stand with Mathieu van der Poel" - Every parent
  • 98 1
 to be fair, I might be a little ornery not getting any sleep before the biggest race of the year as well.
  • 37 1
 How does he not have a manager, a soigneur, a non-racing person on the payroll, who can deal with anything that might obstruct his ability to do his job?
  • 7 1
 @twozerosix: My thoughts exactly, surely there was team support members or hotel staff that could assist in de-escalation here.
Assuming these options were available and he went straight in for that reaction...? It would tell you a lot about the person...
  • 13 1
 @eddieantifreeze: they we’re probably asleep

I’ve scrapped with roommates that came home late and noisy from the bars on nights before exams that mouthed off when I told them to shut up and go to bed.

Not saying it’s right and I apologized the next day which they did to and we’re all still friends to this day. And it seems MVDP has accepted his wrongdoing (although I hope the 3 year ban gets dropped at least), but I also hope at least the parents disciplined there kids
Something about not waking a sleeping bear
  • 4 3
 @twozerosix: Totally. So many others people he could have called into action.
  • 4 7
 Dude can’t afford AirPods Pro ? You can just noise cancel
  • 2 6
flag bonfire (Sep 28, 2022 at 1:36) (Below Threshold)
 @loosegoat: you threw hands at roommates for coming home? That’s wild. I’d for sure piss on your door.
  • 4 0
 @bonfire: That's wild. If you pissed on my door and I caught you I'd for sure do more than just lay hands on you. Based on your reply here and your inability to understand my comment above I can only assume your mind isn't prehensile.
  • 64 1
 This is all around a learning opportunity for all involved.

As an adult, pick up the phone and call the hotel to have it handled by whoever is responsible for the kids. The reality is, you can't legally lay a finger on them and get away with it. Growing up, my father coming to get my sorry behind for nonsense like this was FAR worse than anything MvP was going to do to me.

For the kids, welcome to the real world.

Act like a prick and you might get what's coming to you. Don't assume ANYONE is going to react in a way that society thinks is "right".
  • 18 2
 Yeah I had my snowboard stolen and I found the kids in the parking lot with my board. I was pissed but called ski patrol and then told the kids either they give me their parents numbers so I can speak to them or I call the police. Ultimately that was the best way to handle it and fighting the kids would just make me in the wrong.
  • 2 0
 @HB208: and what did their parents tell you?
  • 26 0
 @Muckal: one of them spoke broken English and it took a while for her to understand that her kid stole a $1,000 snowboard.

The other had a parent who was a doctor who was actively working at the hospital… he sounded pissed and ensured me that his kid would be punished and thanked me for not calling the cops
  • 7 0
 @HB208: you mean like...senseful people?
  • 4 3
 @Muckal: senseful?
  • 11 0
 @HB208: as another non-native Eng speaker I'm guessing @Muckal probably meant "sensible" Wink
  • 3 1
 @HB208: sinnvoll
  • 4 0
 @bananowy: that’s a sensible answer
  • 64 3
 Mathieu van Damme
  • 51 2
 Matthieu van der Push
  • 2 6
flag wolftwenty1 FL (Sep 26, 2022 at 16:22) (Below Threshold)
 @mi-bike: #commentgold
  • 2 1
 Mathieu van der Roid?
  • 54 2
 So, why were the teenagers repeatedly knocking on his door is the big question?
  • 17 8
 that's what kids do sometimes
  • 6 5
 Why do teenagers do most things they do? Because they're teenagers (and apparently without parents or other adult company).
  • 11 4
 @blowmyfuse: I know Roadies that are pure Muscle and you dont want to F...with.
  • 8 29
flag blowmyfuse (Sep 26, 2022 at 9:58) (Below Threshold)
 @funkzander: I feel like you took this one personally. How much you bench?
  • 4 7
 No, I mean all kids. Apparently you have no clue.
  • 31 2
 @JamesGabelUGv: because the kids antagonised him until he ran out of patience. Just because his reaction was excessive doesn't mean that the kids didn't instigate it.

Bill Burrs "no reason to hit a woman" is an enlightening piece of theater that may help you understand that just because you are a victim doesn't mean you're innocent.
  • 8 0
 @thisc*nt: you make a better point than I do. Agreed
  • 4 0
 @blowmyfuse: nothing personal dude. i am not a roadie and i have no muscles. one of my long time friends i rode mtb with in the mid 90ies turned to the dark side aka road years ago and he is no joke.
  • 4 1
 @funkzander: I know. Just making simple meat head jokes for any bros reading along. Big Grin
  • 3 0
 Because their parents gave up a long time ago
  • 5 0
 @JamesGabelUGv: I'm not defending his actions in the situation, but I am also just questioning the teenagers actions on what created the entire bad situation.
  • 4 1
 Maybe another racer threw them some cash to keep him up?
  • 10 4
 @funkzander: Was out for road ride with buddies one day. Truck buzzed us and clipped lead riders elbow with the mirror screaming obscenities at us as they pass as well.

Then made the stupid mistake of pulling into coffee shop just 1/2 km ahead.

Lead rider was actually big strong construction worker. Went into said coffee shop and even with fairy princess road shoes truck driver exits coffee shop through front store window. Manager screams who is going to pay for my window. Roadie points at trucker and says he is. We just roll off.
  • 2 2
 @fabwizard: You sure this didn't happen at Ghost Town in The Sky?
  • 1 2
 @Beaconbike: My tin foil hat says that definitely is a possibility. Racer, another company, group, etc. Deep state stuff like that happens all the time where there is something on the line (money, power, control) especially in politics.
  • 2 0
 It almost makes me wonder who put them up to it? There's lots of behind the scenes dirty tricks in pro road racing.
  • 48 1
 Lots of factors to this story.
Dude needs sleep before the biggest one day race the road cycling calendar. This is what he trains for non stop. Sleep and rest is a must to perform. Gets awakened by two people repeatedly waking him in the middle of the night. He was among the top favorites to take the leaders jersey.

So you have a huge event where you need to perform, you go to bed and are awaken by two people repeatedly knocking at your door. You are not going to be as calm as one might normally be.

Minor altercation occurs and one of the people falls and scrapes their elbow.

The people knocking on the door causing the mischief are teenage girls.

Police called and MVP is taken away.

Mistakes were made, MVP gets in the most trouble. The whole incident was started by two teen girls doing something they shouldn't have. It is their fault for starting this incident. But MVP made a mistake. I don't condone his actions, but I can see how he got where he is.

Often people do things totally out of character when they are sleep deprived and under pressure.

$h!tty situation but it could have been worse.
  • 39 1
 Did they not report how many watts he pushed the girl with? Geez. Terrible coverage.
  • 34 0
 I was 8, a buddy and i were throwing snowballs at doors and running. We hit a house with two big, icy, muddy ones and ran a block away, stopped and were laughing as we walked from there. Heard a noise and a big dude was running full sprint to us. Couple of smacks and lesson generally learned - I guess. We learned that we needed to get farther away before relaxing, but we also learned that there are consequences to doing stupid shit. I think some folks on this site need to recognize that a) they'd feel a little different if the teenage girls were boys, and b) as shitty as it is to get physical with two teenage girls (and it is pretty reprehensible), that we don't teach kids to acknowledge the presence of consequences anymore. In fact, people seem hell bent on doing everything to prevent them from learning it
  • 20 0
 @Gremclon: innocent. A word with no common definition it would seem.
  • 9 0
 @Gremclon: if I was the parent I would be pissed for sure but I would also be f@!cking irrate that my kid was such as ass to be doing something like and have to involve the police. Especially if I found out what the effects of their actions were.
  • 114 82
 Yeah I'm sorry, but absolutely nothing ok about pushing a child around for any reason! If it was a problem he should have called the police himself like any other reasonable adult.
  • 78 48
 For real. I’m a bit disturbed by the amount of commenters condoning violence towards (barely) teenage girls. Obviously they were being punks but it’s hard for me to think of any situation where that would be okay. I taught high school for 12 years. Plenty of times punk kids made me crazy but man, you don’t touch them unless you want to lose your job and enjoy some jail time.
  • 38 4
 @BiNARYBiKE: I don't think people are condoning violence, just saying that knocking repeatedly on someone's hotel room is bound to really piss the person off.

In your case, I would hope school security would deal with a kid that was purposely disturbing your classroom.
  • 26 32
flag BiNARYBiKE (Sep 26, 2022 at 9:09) (Below Threshold)
 @HB208: there are those comments and fair enoigh but there are plenty others condoning: “good for him,” “they had it coming,” “can’t blame him”… I’ve seen a lot of interesting perspectives in the PB comment section over the years but it’s blowing my mind that the consensus on this is that he was justified. I just can’t wrap my head around it.
  • 15 3
 @BiNARYBiKE: sure, that’s f*cked up and violence is not the answer. I also think that the parents need to have supervision over their kids as there are people in the world that will be violent over things like this. Letting your teenagers f*ck with hotel guests is a bad idea.
  • 24 3
 @BiNARYBiKE: it’s like those people who film Tik Tok videos where they do shit to get a reaction out of people and then when they get a reaction act like a victim. Like they clearly knew enough to know their behavior would piss the person off.
  • 21 7
 @HB208: yes. There are two facts here: harassing people is wrong, and adults using violence against minors is also wrong. Obviously western civilized legal systems differentiate between the severity of the two wrongs. Apparently if the PB comment section were in charge, minors harassing an adult would be punished more severely than the adult resorting to violence. That’s what I can’t get behind. No one is blaming the guy for getting annoyed, and no one is saying the girls are little angels.
  • 13 19
flag BentonFraser (Sep 26, 2022 at 9:26) (Below Threshold)
 Yeah it's shocked me the response on here to child abuse?! He's the adult.
He realised he didn't behave like a responsible adult and has admitted that. Fair play for that
  • 4 1
 @BiNARYBiKE: and he was arrested and charged. It’s generally a bad idea to go out in public and screw with random people. That’s my point, I would have just called security and/or the police, but that’s just me.
  • 21 12
 The little twats played stupid games with a grown man. I'd never expect my daughters to do that because I'd expect them to get hurt.

Kids can play stupid games, but they're not free from responsibility or consequence. You should pull the pacifier out of your own mouth if you think being young means being blameless & free of recourse.
  • 7 11
flag Jmac888 FL (Sep 26, 2022 at 10:53) (Below Threshold)
 I fully understand the people saying 'where were the parents' and that the kids should understand that their actions have consequences. These two sound like they were behaving like absolute brats, that much is for sure. But that still doesn't ever make it OK for a grown man to assault a child.
  • 25 4
 @Jmac888: seriously doubt it was assault. You know they started mouthing and wouldn't go away and he tried to get them away from him and flipped it to an assault when one of them got a boo boo. They didn't leave when he opened the door. You think shoving them away was enough? Apparently not. Don't make up nonsense.

You act like they knocked the door and then held their hands behind their backs, blinked like babies and got left hooks to the jaw.
  • 4 7
 @blowmyfuse: I’m not saying that at all, the kids are not innocent here, and of course I wasn’t there to understand the true version of events of course both sides could have blown their version of events out of proportion. But neither was any other commenter here, we are all speculating on a few vague details in the article.
  • 2 1
 @BiNARYBiKE: and now your cops taze them, pretty messed up that.
  • 6 4
 @Jmac888: Not sure it's that vague. The girls were harrsing him by knocking on his door (presumably multiple times). This is bad behaviour. He responded by physically assaulting them (without attempting anything else first e.g. calling the front desk). This is worse behaviour. He was charged (as he should have been), admitted his guilt (good for him) and his lawyer stated their intention to overthrow the charge (reasonable given the circumstances). This is a legal process playing out as it should.
  • 5 12
flag some-mt-beef (Sep 26, 2022 at 14:47) (Below Threshold)
 Mathieu van der Poel is 27 and yes and he should act as an adult, but sheltered by pro cycling I think this event clearly illustrates his maturity.
  • 5 11
flag mtb-jon (Sep 26, 2022 at 17:18) (Below Threshold)
 @BentonFraser: hindsights 20/20.

I bet these kids did these pranks at like 20:00 or something like that. Thinking that they were just annoying some couple celebrating their anniverary or something. Not disturbing some princess beauty for the big ball tomorrow.

And I get that MVDP is nervous in case he has to drop of a kerb. Still doesnt make assualting kids right.
  • 3 0
 @mtb-jon: watch that YouTube of the 2 Aussie teen girls and tell me how you'd handle them. this and tell me:
  • 11 1
 @BiNARYBiKE: you can't wrap your head around people being pro-consequence for people knowingly harassing another person?
  • 9 0
 @BiNARYBiKE: teach your kids to not put themselves in situations like this.
Parents are to blame here.
  • 1 3
 @BiNARYBiKE: How you figure that?
  • 2 3
 @blowmyfuse: Stop making this about yourself. Neither you, nor your "highly educated" daughters have anything to do with this incident.

A grown male plead guilty of assaulting two minors. Do they deserve to be punished? Maybe, just not by MVP.
  • 1 2
 @alexlag: Takes a village.... Beer

thanks for the air quotes.
  • 1 0
 @blowmyfuse: Mob mentality
  • 32 1
 Where are the f#$%!ng parents??!!!
  • 20 2
 Making more kids, probably
  • 20 0
 @pargolf8: Its a fair question... why are your teenagers running around the hotel without your knowledge and f'ing w/ guests.
  • 8 3
 Should parents of teens always know what their children are doing? Will their children ever do dumb things? Does that make them bad parents?
  • 12 0
 How many of our parents knew all the shit we pulled as teenagers?
  • 5 0
 Did you check the bar?
  • 1 1
 How did I miss the Mike Tyson story?
  • 32 2
 Roadie rage.
  • 5 4
 Underrated comment
  • 23 2
 Sleep deprivation is the most commonly used form of torture.

f*ck with people's sleep and you can be 100% certain that repercussions will follow at some point. There have been cases where a sleep depraved parent has caused the death of their own child...
  • 8 15
flag kevinturner12 (Sep 26, 2022 at 13:45) (Below Threshold)
 It was only 10:30, sleep deprivation is a bit of a stretch.
  • 23 0
 I'm surprised they didn't send him to a penal colony overseas.
  • 18 1
 he should not have done that and the teens should not have done that. wonder how they knew which room was his, or if a rival team put them up to it. sounds pretty targeted. not a good look all the way around.
  • 20 0
 Did these girls have Belgian or French accents?
  • 62 0
 According to a German website, they have been identified as Louisa Evenepoel and Lotte van Aert.
  • 46 28
 The amount of comments saying the girls deserved it is surprising me. Yea, obviously they were being little shits, but his physical response was not the appropriate answer.
  • 28 25
 Tbh I am shocked by all the comments. A grown man laying hands on children (esp. girls) is a huge NONO.
  • 16 1
 When was a kid, if I played ding dong dash it wasn't even fun unless there was a chance i'd get chased down and beat.
  • 8 0
 A few times now I’ve shouted at kids acting like shits and the looks of total shock on their faces that someone is telling them off is amazing, like they’ve never had that experience before. Most recently at an MTB race my son was competing in, a couple of kids trying to jump the line to get the start, I told them to get back to their place in the line and they didn’t know what to say, just quietly skulked back.
  • 9 0
 The girls actually videotaped their own actions, clearly showing they intentionally harrassed MVDP.
His reaction was not correct, but those girls taking a victim role isn't either.
  • 11 1
 Jesus this is right out of a TV movie. How long til we find out the girls are 33 year old junkies hired by wout van aert?
  • 9 2
 So these guys don't have a personal assistant or a minder to help them deal with interactions with commoners? And why wasn't hotel security or literally anyone else involved? Team manager? etc?
  • 10 0
 Proof that referees only see the second foul, never the first.
  • 8 1
 Maybe an opponent paid the kids to annoy him :p

Doesn't he has an hotel room or something if it's not his hometown ? Weird stuff.
  • 7 2
 The only way I would accept this behavior from my children was if they got paid a fair sum to keep a rival from getting a good nights sleep. Otherwise I am taking their electronics away for two days - that'll teach 'em to stop being hooligans.
  • 11 0
 Pretty sure they'd rather get shoved by MVDP than suffer 2 days without their phones. That's cruel.
  • 5 0
 Hey isn't this the plot to the film knock knock with Keanu Reaves? Seriously there's a lesson here, your actions have consequences, piss someone off enough and reap the rewards.....I bet they will quite happily be a pair of dicks again because the courts justified it for them, dudes probably f*cked for life!
  • 6 1
 As a teen myself, now I am a guy so my opinion is probably invalid but I think they were both in the wrong. He should not have pushed them, that was a stupid mistake on his part. However, people need to realize he is a professional athlete and needs his rest to get his paycheck, these girls were being annoying brats that also need to be reprimanded for their stupid decisions as well.

Also to all of you using, “I can’t believe someone would hurt a teen or woman.” Yeah that is bad, but so is hurting an adult man. I don’t care what way you believe but hurting anyone, old, young, man, female, it is wrong.
  • 4 0
 It is sad for for all involved. Without a lot of information and detail about the nuance of the situation I think it remains MVP definitely should not have done that. Why are these cycling stars not insulated a bit better from this type of situation? It seems like a fail all the way around from hotel planning, MVP's team planning, whatever group leaders / parents / chaperones etc. of the teens involved. I don't support his actions at all but I do understand needing rest...they are bike racers FFS and we all hear about how important rest and recovery is so I can see how that is super frustrating. Poor dude can't seem to get out of his own way some times.
  • 5 1
 Here’s a random theory, there’s a lot of money being put on sports bets on MVDP winning that race, imagine some guy pays 2 kids to do something “innocent” like keep him up all night by harassing him and even better get him arrested…

Stranger things have happened…
  • 7 0
 I wonder when he furiously blew the door open if he screamed LOOK AT THE TIME!! Oops, wrong discipline.
  • 4 0
 Reminds me of the ridiculous overreaction when Iljo Keisse did a joking pose behind the girl who stuck her butt out when getting a photo in Argentina. It's like men are expected to be robots at all times and have no emotions or face strict censure.
  • 4 0
 The way this usually seems to work in our modern world, especially when the perp(s) are non-celeb(s) and the victim is a celeb, is that such claims:

Mathieu is said to have pushed one of the girls against a wall and the other to the floor where she injured her arm.

are inflammatory and about 5x that of reality. I wonder if security cam data has been used to reconcile.
  • 9 1
  • 5 0
 This is one of those..."I understand it, but I can never agree with you" situations for him. Very easy for keyboard warriors to stand behind that also.
  • 4 1
 I live in Sydney. The hotel was in a suburb called Brighton. If I were a world class athlete relying on a good night’s sleep, that is definitely not where I would choose to stay! Kind of a bogan/party/coastal vibe. Also one hour away from the race start.
  • 3 0
 Reading this comment section, am I alone that from reading the news (this article and just the regular news) I can't quite judge how wrong he was? Sure if he pushed the kid so hard that it was very unlikely the kid (considering size and weight) could stay upright or that it would even be likely the kid would violently go down then yeah, I'd say the athlete was very wrong. If the kid was pushed away to remove it from the situation it couldn't handle (like being near the door but apparently not have developed the decency to respect ones sleep) and didn't manage to stay upright, it is different. Sure he initiated physical contact so they could go ape-shit on that. But if it was just a push-away, people usually manage to stay upright so that's what you expect if you push someone out of your personal space. And if they go down, they usually have the ability to properly break their fall. Unless they were intoxicated, then they have consciously reduced their ability to stay upright and/or break their fall properly. But yeah, strictly speaking he initiated physical contact so he was wrong. That's the beauty of the justice system, isn't it? If you want to sue someone, harass them until they can no longer bear it. You'll likely be pushed at some point. If so, drop on the floor and act up. You've got justice on your side.

That said, of course if it were two teen boys who harassed a female athlete as she was sleeping alone in a foreign hotel room, the athlete had all right to beat the hell out of them. Heck, I'd applaud that. Because f*ck blind lady justice.
  • 1 2
 According to one report, he chased them into their room and the assaults happened there.
  • 1 0
 @kevinturner12: Ok, if that is true then he is more than a little bit guilty. Actually, even if he did that but didn't push, he'd be guilty in my book. However, if so I'm surprised they did mention the push but didn't mention the chase into their private rooms. Either way, I won't judge anyone until we know actual and confirmed details.
  • 3 0
 Has no-one considered the appropriateness of the choice of hotel for MVDP? I presume the Dutch team booked the hotel. If so, why Brighton-le-sands? and on a Saturday night. The start was in Helensburgh, some 40km away. Infinite AirBnB options closer and far more salubrious.

Whoever booked the hotel should hang their head in shame
  • 6 1
 Engage the conspiracy theories machine. I guess if it was Mario Cippolini they wouldn't escape unscathed.
  • 6 3
 Like no one here has every played ding ding dash/Nicky Nicky nine doors. But that was thrill too if you get caught, probably gonna get whooped lol.
  • 5 2
 He should have said they ganged up and attacked him after banging on his door and he had to push them away, but too late now.
  • 9 6
 This is why humans should be forced to "apply" to have kids, we can't afford to have anymore kids with idiot parents, the world will go to crap pretty dam soon
  • 2 0
 too many comments. I was initially angry at the kids but then remembered what it was like to do shit like this. but to random folk not MVDP. actually who knows who we disturbed back then.
  • 2 0
 I wonder how much those kids got paid by the opposing team to harass him? I'm sure it was a bargain. The old grab the brake lever trick is always going to get more sophisticated.
  • 7 1
  • 1 0
 I've probably been watching too much Better Call Saul, but what are the odds on them picking his door the night before a World Champs?

Us Evertonians are way less subtle than that....

  • 3 0
 Descendants of a penal colony. am I right?

Can we confirm that assault doesn't actually require physical contact in Australia? The charge was assault, not battery.
  • 1 0
 Also, you can't appeal the refusal to grant section 10. Its issued at the discretion of the Magistrate. Michael Bowe knows that all too well. I'd be surprised if he actually stated that there would be an appeal. Nothing to appeal here.
  • 5 1
 I am not condoning what anyone did.
  • 3 2
 I feel like there is more to this story...why were they knocking on his door? How did they know that it was his room? Anyway, really bad look for him. Handled it like a child would.
  • 10 7
 PB had to put "teenage girls" in the clickbait title, and "assault". Not cool.
  • 4 4
 I'm not sure how you could describe this story without using those words.
  • 4 5
 They were teenage girls, and he was charged with - and pleaded guilty to - assault.
  • 3 0
 I’d be interested to know what time it was that these kids were doing this?
  • 1 1
 Definitely more going on here than we will ever know. Mathieu was certainly not traveling alone and in some secluded wing of what was likely a nice hotel with other high profile riders. Someone else in his group could have, and would have, assisted with resolving this if they were just playing ding dong ditch. I'm guessing he was involved in some shenanigans himself too.
  • 2 0
 OK so MVDP denies pushing the kid down. Insists they tripped trying to run away. Grabbing the other kid by the arm and taking them to their parent i think is warranted.
  • 2 2
 Not acceptable these days, especially with a team and hotel management to sort it out. In my day my mate got punched in the face when we tried to nick a gate on mischief night, like trick or treat without the treat option. There was no way we were going to report it as we would get another seeing to by our parents
  • 1 0
 Also, the Australian Government will always consider an application to waive the 3 year restriction the issuance of a visa. If MVDP wanted to come out for the TDU, the visa restriction would almost certainly be waived.
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 So many questions here. WTF are 13 & 14 year old girls doing knocking on a man's hotel room door in the middle of the night? That's all kinds of f-ed up from a parenting perspective. Was this some sort of prank someone put them up to with the intent of messing with MvP's head and handicapping him for the race or was it just kids who had no idea who he was? That question matters. But laying hands on 13/14yo girls for ANY reason short of self defense (which would be head scratcher in itself) is massively lame behavior. Agreed that if it was boys I'd feel a lot different but maybe that's an archaic double standard these days(?).
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 Violence is the cornerstone of all authority!
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 the only thing not intense about xc is the trails. Get out of your enduro prejudice please, the true intensity of xc cant be seen from a video
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 He needs to charge the girls with trust passing. Technically he was just defending his property.
  • 2 1
 meanwhile in America...any pro cyclist would have to wear a name tag...and even then they wouldn't be recognized.
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 Excluding Lance. We've all seen his face on the news a few times.
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 Get off my lawn
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 He Mike Tyson on a planed-them.
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 Kids, that is unacceptable!! your mum should have swallow you.
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 van der Push?
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 Sean Connery was right……
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 Happy that's not only a Brazilian MAMIL that's thinking: what about the teenagers? If it was my kids, I would rebuke them
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 So he got spook knocked and gave them a shoeing lol. That's the spirit..reminds me of Halloween in the 1990,s
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 was there a flaming bag of poo too?
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 According to the French press, there was a summer camp in the hotel.....
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 Really? That's weird since the seasons in Australia just changed from winter to spring.
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 According to UK press the parents went out and left their kids in the room.
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 @HardtailHerold: Left teenagers in a hotel room alone at night. What could possibly go wrong.
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 At least he has another good excuse for not racing WC mountain bike.
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 Under arm bowlers......nuff said.
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 People have been chased outta Wollongong for far less
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 MVDP went on a RAMPAGE! ahahhahahahahah
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 Girls Just Want To Have Fun Song by Cyndi Lauper
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 MVDP couldn't wait until the official date of Rampage
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 Most entertaining comment section of the year contender!
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 Did the kids go that in a free way or get paid to do so ?
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 Probably could have egg'd em or used water.
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 Wow, cancel culture is strong with you on this one Pinkbike. That's a lot of comments that you've disappeared.
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 fine the parents,,,,,,, FU&K3RS
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 is pinkbike a mountainbike website or a website that reports about the dutch royal family (here: THE princess) ?
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 Oh damn!!!
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 Today I learned a shocking amount of PB commenters are okay with hurting children as long as you have a big race coming up.
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 more vowelence!
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 Speed and Power.
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 So many internet tough guys in these comments- you’re all ridiculous. Grow up.
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 I blame the parents.
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 White knights.
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 Probably the first time those urchins had tasted discipline in their lives.
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flag kevinturner12 (Sep 26, 2022 at 14:19) (Below Threshold)
 A grown man getting so angry he pushes a couple of kids around? Doesn't sound like discipline to me.
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