American cyclist Quinn Simmons suspended after Trump tiff

Ruben Hill
October 1, 2020

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Trek-Segafredo have suspended the 2019 junior world champion Quinn Simmons for posting what they deemed to be "divisive" and "incendiary" comments on social media.

Simmons, 19, reacted to a tweet from Dutch journalist Jose Been in which she said she hoped for her American friends that "this terrible presidency ends for you", adding "if you follow me and support Trump, you can go".

Quinn Simmons of the USA and Team Trek-Segafredo during the 72nd Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne 2020 a 201km race on March 1, 2020, in Kuurne, Belgium.

Trek-Segafredo have suspended junior world champion Quinn Simmons after he made "divisive, incendiary, and detrimental" statements online, the WorldTour team said. "There is zero excuse to follow or vote for the vile, frightful man", Been added, to which Simmons replied with a hand-waving emoji with a Black skin tone.

Been deleted her tweet later on.

A separate Twitter user wrote that Simmons was "Apparently a Trumper". Simmons responded, "That's right", signing off with an American flag emoji.

It is unclear to which tweets Trek-Segafredo were referring when they announced overnight on Wednesday that they were suspending Simmons indefinitely.

Simmons joined Trek-Segafredo this year after winning the 2019 junior road world championship in England.

Been said that she felt "horrible" about Simmons's suspension and did not intend for him to be suspended from cycling.

Simmons is in his first season with the Trek-Segafredo team, which described him on its website as "at his best in punchy one-day races. he will be a flawless fit for the Classics team".

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