Etixx-Quick Step's Patrick Lefevere hits back at Tour of Qatar organisers

Etixx-Quick Step's manager Patrick Lefevere expressed his anger in response to his team's exclusion from this year's edition of the Tour of Qatar

Patrick Lefevre at the Omega-Pharma Quick Step Camp 2014

(Image credit: Watson)

Etixx-Quick Step's manager Patrick Lefevere slammed Tour of Qatar organisers for their decision to exclude the Belgian team from this year's event, despite them having won all of the last four - and eight of the last ten - editions of the race.

Sheikh Khalid Bin Ali Al Thani, president of the Qatar Cycling Federation, said that Etixx-QuickStep were not invited to the race because of problems with discipline, including taking too long to attend post-race podium ceremonies.

Thank you for reading 20 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Founded in 1891, Cycling Weekly and its team of expert journalists brings cyclists in-depth reviews, extensive coverage of both professional and domestic racing, as well as fitness advice and 'brew a cuppa and put your feet up' features. Cycling Weekly serves its audience across a range of platforms, from good old-fashioned print to online journalism, and video.