Keisse saga sparks tensions between QuickStep team and new sponsor Deceuninck

Patrick Lefevere announces his new multi-year deal with Deceuninck

The controversy surrounding Iljo Keisse's disqualification from the Vuelta a San Juan is creating tensions between the QuickStep team and their new title sponsor Deceuninck, with talks set to take place between the two parties after the race. Bike sponsor Specialized has also responded to complaints on social media, insisting it takes the matter "extremely seriously" and is "working with the team reinforce the expectations" it holds of riders. After a record 73 victories in 2018, the QuickStep team have picked up where they left off in 2019, with two stage wins and the leader's jersey at the half-way point in San Juan. So far, so good for a new sponsor looking to showcase their name on the global stage. However, the headlines have instead been dominated by off-the-bike controversies, with Keisse's disqualification from the race for an indecent act sparking a wave of negative publicity for Patrick Lefevere's team. ...

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