“Trek-Segafredo is an organization that values inclusivity and stands behind diversity and equality in sport. While we also respect the right to freedom of expression, we do hold people accountable for their words and actions. Sadly, Quinn has posted inflammatory comments online, which are divisive and harm the team as well as cycling as well as the positive future we hope to create for the sport. That is why Quinn will not race for the time being, ”Trek-Segafredo said in a statement.
“As a team, we will now work with our partners to see how we are going to tackle this matter further. We will keep the fans and the public informed. ”
The riot started on Wednesday, on the day that Simmons took part in the Flèche Wallonne and turned 135th on the Wall of Huy, with a message from cycling journalist José Been.
“Dear American followers, I hope this terrible presidency ends soon for you. And for us as a (former?) Ally too. If you follow me and support Donald Trump, you can go. There is no excuse to follow this despicable, terrible man. ”
Simmons then responded with ‘bye‘, with an emoji of a waving black hand behind it. The picture in particular caused bad blood to many of his followers, who blamed the white rider for a lack of racial awareness. Some called him a racist because of his support of Trump and the use of the emoji.
The young Simmons would ride various classics in the coming period. The 19-year-old driver is considered a great talent. He crowned himself junior world champion last year and skipped the promises class last winter to get started as a professional.
Quinn Simmons became junior world champion last season.
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Trek is clearly in the stomach with the incident. Also because the bicycle manufacturer in the divided US has been under fire for a long time, because it still sells two-wheelers to the US police despite much fuss.
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