Etixx-Quick Step not invited to Tour of Qatar due to 'lack of respect'

President of the Qatar Cycling Federation says the Etixx-QuickStep team has a 'problem with discipline' and says that their request to take part in the Tour of Qatar was rejected

The Etixx team chases on stage four of the 2015 Tour of Qatar

(Image credit: Watson)

The President of the Qatar Cycling Federation revealed in a pre-race press conference today that Etixx-QuickStep were not invited to the 2016 edition of the Tour of Qatar, despite the team dominating the event’s history.

The Belgian outfit have won the race eight times in the last 10 years, but Sheikh Khalid Bin Ali Al Thani told journalists that discipline problems caused their application to be rejected.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.