Mathieu Van der Poel (Alpecin-Deceuninck), who once again won the cyclo-cross race in Hulst, Netherlands, was not welcomed as he expected. The world champion, who was booed by a group of spectators throughout the race, eventually spat in the direction of the spectators.
He is broken. Not physically but mentally as Mathieu van der Poel put in an outstanding performance to win easily once again. This Saturday in Hulst (Netherlands) runner Alpecin-Deceuninck had the unpleasant surprise of being booed during the race.
The Dutch driver spat towards the spectators on the last lap he completed as the leader. “As soon as they were recognized, they started booing and did not stop. In such cases, it is better to stay at home,” the world champion said.
Very upset, “MVDP” did not want to repeat the insults directed at him. “It would be better to ask them. I will not repeat this. These are things that have no place in sports. Nobody deserves to be booed. After a while, it became too much.”
That’s the only thing that could bother Mathieu van der Poel during the winter cyclo-cross season. For this gesture, the race commissioners decided to fine him 200 Swiss francs, or 215 euros.