Cycling champion Mathieu van der Poel has been charged with allegedly assaulting two teenage girls in Sydney

Dutch cycling star Mathieu van der Poel faces trial in Sydney next week after being charged with assault.

He was arrested just hours before Sunday’s men’s world championship road race, where van der Poel was one of the title favorites.

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The 27-year-old started the 266.9km race, which finishes in Wollongong, but withdrew about an hour into the race.

“I went to bed early and many children in the hallway of my room found it necessary to keep knocking on the door,” the driver told Belgian website Sporza before the start of the race.

“After a few times I was done with it. I didn’t ask nicely to stop. Then the police were called and I was taken away.

“I wasn’t back in my room until four o’clock. That’s definitely not ideal. It’s a disaster, but there’s nothing I can do to change it.”

Dutch cyclist Mathieu van der Poel during the World Championships in Wollongong. Recognition: Getty

NSW Police said a 27-year-old man was allegedly involved in an argument with two teenage girls at a hotel in Brighton-Le-Sands, a Sydney suburb.

Police said it was alleged the man pushed the two girls, causing one to fall and the other slamming into a wall and suffering a small abrasion on the elbow.

Multiple media reports identified the man as van der Poel.

The Dutch team was stationed at Brighton-Le-Sands for the World Championships.

Mathier van der Poel (right) leaves the race lessons after being arrested and charged by NSW Police. Recognition: Tim de Waele/Getty Images

Van der Poel was taken to Kogarah Police Station and charged with two counts of assault.

According to media reports, he was with the police until around 4 a.m., the race started at 10.15 a.m.

He was released on bail and will appear in court in Sutherland on Tuesday.

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