The organization of the Tour of San Juan after the end of the third stage decided to Iljo Keisse (Deceuninck-Quick Step) still out of the race.
The excuses of Iljo Keisse for the organization not good enough, because last night we left them in a press release to know that the rider in the contest must leave. The reason: he would have the honour and the reputation of the Tour of San Juan have been affected, as well as the UCI and the cycling sport in general.
Keisse came Monday in an Argentine media storm when he during taking a photo with a waitress of a coffee shop in San Juan a challenging attitude adopted. The waitress filed a complaint with the police, which Keisse answered but the case subsequently classed.
Yesterday afternoon offered Iljo Keisse at an improvised press conference and apologized for his attitude on that picture. The rider of Deceunick-Quick Step emphasized that he is the waitress at no time would have touched and that he definitely has no bad intentions.
The waitress explains in the Argentine newspaper Telesoldiario that they are with the riders on the photo wanted. “When we came to the photo names, I heard the team laughing,” she says. “I first thought it was a joke, but then I realized what had happened. I was very upset. (…) They should not be coming to this land to women as objects to be treated.’
Keisse ended yesterday as the 29th in the time trial at 1’12” of his teammate Julian Alaphilippe.