Keisse saga sparks tensions between QuickStep team and new sponsor Deceuninck

The controversy surrounding Iljo Keisse's disqualification from the Vuelta a San Juan is creating tensions between the QuickStep team and their new title sponsor Deceuninck, with talks set to take place between the two parties after the race. Bike sponsor Specialized has also responded to complaints on social media, insisting it takes the matter "extremely seriously" and is "working with the team reinforce the expectations" it holds of riders. 

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.