A video has emerged showing the moment elite Dutch cyclist Mathieu van der Poel loses control and lashes out at two young sisters over a ‘knock and run’ prank at a Sydney hotel.
The footage, taken by a 12-year-old girl, shows her 14-year-old sister in the corridor of the Novotel Brighton Le Sands at 10.40pm last Saturday.
Moment’s later she is seen running screaming and terrified into her hotel room with an angry van der Poel in pursuit after being pushed over the edge by the repetitive knocking on his hotel room door.
The footage shows the teen cowering with her hands over her face before the athlete corners her and pulls her by the arms until she falls and grazes her elbow.
Van der Poel, 27, then leaves the girl bleeding on the ground to chase another girl, aged 13, who he pushed against a hotel wall.