Lefevere, Deceuninck-QuickStep issue apology over Keisse episode

Iljo Keisse with Deceuninck-QuickStep press officer Alessandro Tegner

After weathering a firestorm of criticism from media and fans following their reaction to reports that rider Iljo Keisse had been the subject of a police report alleging abusive behaviour toward a local waitress at the Vuelta a San Juan, Deceuninck-QuickStep and Patrick Lefevere have issued an apology. In the statement, sent to media under the auspices of 'Patrick Lefevere and the entire team', Deceuninck-QuickStep apologised for "events of the past few days" to the specific woman involved and to all women, fans, and sponsors. The team also pledged to implement "specific conduct training protocols for all riders and staff". “The Team would like to make a sincere apology for the events of the past few days, firstly to the woman involved in this regrettable incident, and additionally to all women, fans, and sponsors," the team's statement read. "We don’t condone this type of behaviour. Our team’s core values include ...

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