Intermarché-Circus-Wanty riders apologise after being withdrawn from race over racist gesture

Madis Mihkels and Gerben Thijssen sent home from Tour of Guangxi after social media post of racist gesture

Madis Mihkels
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The two Intermarché-Circus-Wanty riders sent home from the Tour of Guangxi after a photo was posted on social media of one making a racist gesture have apologised.

On Wednesday, Mads Mihkels and Gerben Thijssen were withdrawn from the final WorldTour race of the season after a photo of the former making the gesture was posted on the latter's Instagram page.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.