April 14, 2024

Van der Poel cracks up and spits at a spectator (video)

Mathieu van der Poel continues to be untouchable in cyclo-cross. The world champion took his seventh victory, winning this Saturday in Hulst ahead of Joris Nieuwenhuis and Lars van der Haar. But this success was overshadowed by an unusual gesture by the Dutchman.

Van der Poel had all the makings of a good day, as he was racing his first race in the Netherlands after six eve…

Mathieu van der Poel continues to be untouchable in cyclo-cross. The world champion took his seventh victory, winning this Saturday in Hulst ahead of Joris Nieuwenhuis and Lars van der Haar. But this success was overshadowed by an unusual gesture by the Dutchman.

Van der Poel had all the makings of a good day, as he was racing his first race in the Netherlands after six events in Belgium, when he spat at a spectator. Clearly, the Alpecin rider had heard certain things during the previous laps, which he didn’t like.

Van der Poel: Things that don’t belong in sport

He would have been better off staying at home, reacted Mathieu van der Poel after the finish, reports La Dernière Heure. It started during the warm-up where they were shouting things at me. Why come here then? I’ve had enough of the booing.

Van der Poel did not wish to comment further.r the words he had heard. What they said to me? You’d better ask them. I’m not going to repeat that. These are things that don’t belong in sport, just like booing. After a while, it’s enough, he concluded. According to Eurosport, the Dutchman was also sprayed with beer during the race.