The controversial Quinn Simmons will go to the Tour of Flanders and Roubaix

The American, separated for a time from Trek-Segafredo by a racist tweet, will be in the two most important pave classics on the calendar.


Quinn Simmons already has a road daughter for 2021. The promising 19-year-old American, who was temporarily removed from Trek-Segafredo for a racist tweet (after which he published another declaring himself a Trump supporter), will have two major goals in spring, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.

As a pre-shoot, Simmons will be at the Drome Classic, his first appearance since last year's Walloon Arrow, and the Faun-Ardèche. It will go into 'cobblestone mode' running the Omloop and the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. Then he will head to Italy to take part in the Strade Bianche, the Tirreno-Adriatico and the Milan-San Remo, at the end of which he will join Mads Pedersen and Jasper Stuyven to face the entire series of Belgian classics (E3, Ghent- Wevelgem, Dwaars Door Vlaanderen and Tour of Flanders) before the Hell of the North and the Amstel Gold Race.

Despite being one of the young values of cycling (he was junior world champion in 2019), the racist incident in which he starred has led Trek-Segafredo to withdraw him from the appearances before the media for now to avoid controversy.

"He's had a tough year. He's a really young rider trying to make his way on the World Tour. I know how hard he can race compared to what he's shown so far in racing. He can do cobblestones and Ardennes, so it depends he chooses what he wants to run. His engine and confidence are impressive. He can become a great runner, "says his partner Stuyven. This year is to prove it.

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