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Cycling: Trek-Segafredo suspend Simmons after controversial tweet

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In a post on Twitter, cycling journalist Jose Been said: “My dear American friends, I hope this horrible presidency ends for you. And for us as (former?) allies too

FILE PHOTO: Tour de France – Trek-Segafredo Training More (Reuters) – Trek-Segafredo have suspended junior world champion Quinn Simmons after he made “divisive, incendiary, and detrimental” statements online, the WorldTour team said.

The 19-year-old American‘s response to a tweet about U.S. President Donald Trump triggered backlash on social media, with people calling for a boycott of the bike brand.

In a post on Twitter, cycling journalist Jose Been said: “My dear American friends, I hope this horrible presidency ends for you. And for us as (former?) allies too.

“If you follow me and support Trump, you can go. There is zero excuse to follow or vote for the vile, horrible man,” Been added, to which Simmons replied with a hand-waving emoji with a Black skin tone.

Trek-Segafredo condemned Simmons‘ comments, saying they valued inclusivity and diversity.

“While we support the right to free speech, we will hold people accountable for their words and actions,” the team said in a statement.

“Regrettably, Simmons made statements online that we feel are divisive, incendiary, and detrimental to the team, professional cycling, its fans, and the positive future we hope to help create for the sport.”

“In response, he will not be racing for Trek-Segafredo until further notice.”

Simmons joined the World Tour team this year after winning the 2019 junior road world championship.

(Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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