'There are a lot of stories about pushing, but that is absolutely not true. That's not what happened,' says Dutch rider.
Van der Poel was arrested and convicted of common assault after pushing two minors that had been knocking on his hotel room door.
Victory in Belgium confirms Dutch star will be among the favorites for the rainbow jersey in Wollongong.
Australian hopes to return in autumn classics after crashing out of the Spanish grand tour.
The Australian fends off a chase from Remco Evenepoel and Enric Mas, who make time on all the other GC contenders.
The Dutchman was racing for the first time since abandoning the Tour de France last month.
Dutch star races in Belgium on Wednesday as he rebuilds for Wollongong road worlds.
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Belgian rider says he was caught out by race-winning move of Christophe Laporte.
After six podium finishes on the Tour last year, the Alpecin-Deceuninck rider claimed his maiden stage victory.
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Dutch rider had been on back foot for entire race as Giro form eluded him.