Van der Poel will race gravel for the first time in his career in the debut UCI-sanctioned world championships this weekend.
Dutch star apologizes and says he never meant to hurt anyway in late-night incident.
'There are a lot of stories about pushing, but that is absolutely not true. That's not what happened,' says Dutch rider.
Two videos and court documents reveal more details about incident involving Van der Poel and two minors on eve of the elite men's road race in Australia.
Van der Poel was arrested and convicted of common assault after pushing two minors that had been knocking on his hotel room door.
'He told me that he feels like he has disappointed his country and his team,' says lawyer as Dutchman cleared to return to Europe.
Alpecin-Deceuninck team boss: Mathieu van der Poel left mentally broken after UCI Road World Championships arrest
'There were children in the corridor playing and he went out to ask them to stop, but obviously not in the right way,' says trade team boss Christoph Roodhooft.
The Dutchman was involved in an altercation with two minors who had been knocking on his hotel room door. He started the road race but later abandoned.
Wout van Aert, Remco Evenepoel, Mathieu van der Poel and Julian Alaphilippe headline the final race of this year's worlds.
The Dutch bring a deep and experienced squad, but all eyes will be on Van der Poel.
Pogačar knows he will have to race a very different kind of strategy than blitzing grand tours or more explosive races like Strade Bianche.
UCI Road World Championships: Mixed relay TTT plays welcome distraction ahead of road race priorities
'It's always an experiment: you come together, hope for a good day, and wait and see if it works.' New event brings unfinessed thrills to worlds week.
Eritrean sprinter hopes to add more chapters to his trailblazing career in the elite men's road race Sunday: 'Being one of the favorites gives me a boost.'
Van der Poel braces against doubters of his off-key preparation and remains confident of capturing elusive road world title.
Victory in Belgium confirms Dutch star will be among the favorites for the rainbow jersey in Wollongong.
Girmay and Van der Poel add one more race day to their programs ahead of next week's road race in Wollongong.
Van der Poel back from burnout and bullish about road worlds: 'I wouldn't go to Australia if I didn't think I could become world champion.'
Annemiek van Vleuten and Marianne Vos to spearhead women’s squad.
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.
Mathieu van der Poel isn't the only 'superstar grandson' racing in the WorldTour.
Van der Poel's summer schedule remains a mystery as team pushes for entry to WorldTour in 2023.
Dutch rider had been on back foot for entire race as Giro form eluded him.
The day's battle will be between a breakaway and the climbing sprinters in the bunch.
Van der Poel vows to suffer onward as he mulls early Tour exit after going full at the Giro d'Italia.
The Dutch rider enjoys a personalized version of his go-to Canyon road bike.
Van der Poel finishes four minutes back in stage where he was slated for success.
Here's what some of the peloton's biggest names counted on for the cobblestones of stage 5.
Alpecin-Decuninck come up short in the first three sprint stages, shifting hopes to their superstar.
'Everyone within a minute has a chance ... 20 seconds in a Roubaix stage is not much:' Van der Poel spies yellow prize at end of Arenberg pavé.
An in-depth look at the data from Mathieu van der Poel, Alexander Kristoff, and Quinn Simmons.
The Dutchman is targeting stage victories again in his second appearance at the Tour de France.
'Ewan has to take something out of this Tour, otherwise it’s starting to look like a really disastrous season for him,' says former green jersey king.
Van der Poel at center of team looking to put new partner Deceuninck at front of Tour de France frame.
Alpecin-Fenix kit partner Kalas teams up with aero aficionados Vorteq, maker of top-price, top-tech time trial suits.
'I want to fully focus on stage victories,' says Dutch rider.
The battle for the green jersey between Peter Sagan, Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel could be one for the ages.
The Dutchman disappointed to miss out on a second stage win, but finishes race with a victory and a stint in pink.
National TT champ Sobrero dominates to bring Italy its fifth stage win, Hindley scores first-ever maglia rosa for both Bora-Hansgrohe and Australia.
We look at the power numbers as Mathieu van der Poel makes hay in the mountains and Santiago Buitrago scores first grand tour win.
Giro d’Italia: Mathieu van der Poel targets TT but won’t go over his limits with Tour de France in view
Dutch rider went on the attack in the mountains, and now looks ahead to the final TT of the race.
Strapping Dutchman surpasses all expectations with breakaway antics in the high Alps of stage 17.
Vincenzo Nibali and João Almeida lose time in the overall standings as podium starts to take shape.
Mountain bike ace Zwiehoff turns full attention to career on the road: 'I'm a road cyclist now, not a mountain biker.'
Mathieu van der Poel was also struck on the face with a cork after winning stage 1: ‘It's quite dangerous.’
Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert officials confirm Girmay will not race as a precautionary move after cork strikes eye in post-stage celebration.
Belgian team’s director Valerio Piva says the Eritrean’s victory is huge for him, for his team, for African cycling, and for the sport.
Van der Poel sat up before the line and gave Girmay the ‘thumbs-up’ sign.
Biniam Girmay keeps fighting in Giro d’Italia: ‘That’s cycling, sometimes you win, sometimes you don’t’
Eritrean ace goes toe-to-toe with Mathieu van der Poel to score a fifth top-5 in stunning grand tour debut.
Juan Pedro López takes the pink jersey as Tom Dumoulin's GC hopes shatter in Sicily.
Van der Poel will focus on road racing through 2022 before beginning his preparation for the Olympic mountain bike event in 2024.
A look at power numbers from Mathieu van der Poel at the Giro d’Italia.
Etna stage Tuesday brings first summit finish of the Giro. The hulking volcano will show who's hot, but may not fully erupt the race for pink.
Van der Poel on pink jersey: 'Normally it’s impossible for to me to keep the jersey on Mount Etna.'
Dutch star nearly wins a second straight stage to defend pink, but admits he will lose it on Mount Etna.
Overnight GC leader Van der Poel finishes second on the stage to retain maglia rosa.
Van der Poel gets a pink Canyon TT bike to match his maglia rosa for stage 2 on Saturday. Here's how it looks.
Australian sprinter ace rues 'perfect opportunity' for the pink jersey that was dashed after he clipped a wheel and crashed heavily.
From Mathieu van der Poel and Biniam Girmay to Tom Dumoulin and Richard Carapaz – here's when riders roll down the ramp for Budapest TT.
Thomas De Gendt's been ‘racing’ non-stop for a year straight, Drone Hopper doesn't disappoint, and Mathieu van der Poel avoids close call with cork.
Saturday's tight, technical TT could see a whole host of riders in the frame for the stage win and the second pink jersey of the race. Here's our picks.
Dutch superstar buries himself to deliver scintillating victory to open the 2022 Giro d'Italia with a bang.
The Eritrean sprinter finished second to Mathieu van der Poel on the opening stage of the Giro d'Italia.
Caleb Ewan tumbles some 35 meters from the finish line.
A short but steep finale will set the stage for a tug-of-war between the sprinters and the 'puncheurs' for the first maglia rosa of the 105th Giro.
One-off design a nod to new product by team sponsor Fenix.
The Dutch superstar is not sure he will be able to match the yellow jersey ‘dream’ of his dramatic and emotional Tour de France debut in 2021.
GC chasers, climbing sensations and wingmen-de-luxe are among the five young debutants that could dazzle in this year's Giro.
How did Egan Bernal recover so quick? Here's how riders like Bernal, Van der Poel, and Evenepoel come back from injury faster and stronger than ever before.
After painful back injury and recovery, a fresher, wiser Mathieu van der Poel might be even more dangerous than ever.
A world champion was thrown out of the race, the five-star favorite fell from grace, wheels were smashed, and a hyped tire technology was a no-show.
From Mathieu van der Poel and Lotte Kopecky to Elisa Longo Borghini and Dylan van Baarle. VeloNews rates the cobbled classics contenders.
Van der Poel sets sights on the Italian grand tour: 'Everyone always says that you get better from a grand tour, so I'm curious.'
Van Baarle delivers with anticipation and execution, Ineos and Intermarché shine, as Lampaert suffers, and Van der Poel runs out of steam.
Mathieu van der Poel on ninth at Paris-Roubaix: ‘I should be happy with what I got out of the spring season’
Van der Poel content on injury comeback after top-10s at Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix and victory at Tour of Flanders.