Quick Step harm themselves

A quick note, one that’s too long to fit on Twitter but not a big deal either…

Quick Step site

The team feels’ deeply harmed by the consequent media focus on what happened today, which we feel has damaged the team’s image and the image of cycling in general

The police today seized the Quick Step bus, driving it to a compound in La Roche sur Yon to search it for doping products. Nothing was found… except the event got maximum media coverage for a short moment, the media waiting to cover the race tomorrow rushed to get the story and apparently at one point a cameraman fell to the ground in the crush to get the scene on camera.

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