Quinn Simmons issues apology, says tweet was not racist

The American rider has been suspended from racing after he tweeted a black hand emoji while professing his support for Donald Trump

Quinn Simmons (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Quinn Simmons has apologised for tweeting a black hand emoji while stating his support for Donald Trump, adding he did not intend it to be interpreted as racist.

The 19-year-old Trek-Segafredo rider was caught up in controversy earlier this week after tweeting "Bye" followed by a black hand emoji in response to Dutch commentator José Been, who had told her followers to unfollow her if they supported US President Donald Trump.

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