Cyclist Van der Poel pleads guilty to assault in Australia

Dutch cyclist Mathieu van der Poel has pleaded guilty to assaulting two teenage girls in Sydney, Australia, the night before the men's World Championship road race.

The Alpecin-Deceuninck rider was charged with two counts of common assault and fined 1,500 Australian dollars (£909) after a confrontation with the girls, aged 13 and 14.

He said the teenagers 'continuously' knocked on his hotel room door on Saturday night, '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.',

His lawyer said he will appeal against the conviction but has been allowed to leave Australia after being handed back his passport.

New South Wales Police said one teenager fell to the ground while the other was pushed into a wall.

And it causing a minor graze to her elbow.