Patrick Lefevere and Deceuninck – Quick-Step issue ‘sincere apology’ over handling of Iljo Keisse’s inappropriate behaviour

The team came under fire for their response after a female fan reported Keisse to police

Boss of Deceuninck - Quick-Step, Patrick Lefevere (Photo: Yuzuru SUNADA)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Patrick Lefevere and Deceuninck – Quick-Step have issued a “sincere apology” over their response to Iljo Keisse’s inappropriate behaviour.

Keisse was kicked off the Vuelta a San Juan by the organisers after he mimed a sex act while posing for a picture with a female fan.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.