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Pro cyclist Iljo Keisse accused of sexual harassment by waitress in Argentina

Quick Step rider, who is racing at Vuelta a San Juan, allegedly rubbed genitals against woman while posing for a photo

A waitress at a restaurant in Argentina has reported Deceuninck-Quick Step cyclist Iljo Keisse to the police for sexual harassment after he was alleged to have touched her inappropriately as she posed for a photo with him and his team mates, who are currently racing in the Vuelta a San Juan in the Latin American country.

A photo published in local newspaper Tiempo de San Juan shows the 36-year-old Keisse standing behind the waitress, with one hand behind his head and allegedly rubbing against her with his genitals.

“I speak some English,” the waitress told the newspaper , “they ordered from me.

“I didn’t know the Vuelta a San Juan was on and they explained what they were doing, they were here to race.

“I asked for a photo and at the time I felt someone leaning against me. I thought it was an accident, but later I realised that it wasn’t.”

The waitress, who wished to remain anonymous, continued: “I am very angry. They disrespected me; I was working.

“I asked for a photo and they disrespected me. I’ve already spoken with my lawyers to see what we will do.

“My partner saw the incident and he is a witness.”

She called for more respect towards women, saying: “They cannot come to another country and treat women as objects, as something that is insignificant and worthless.

“This is Argentina and you can’t come here and do what you like. I hope at least they sanction him or call him out for doing what he did.”

The Belgian cyclist has reportedly apologised for his behaviour and while the police are taking no action, the newspaper reports that sources close to the directors of the race may consider imposing their own sanction on Keisse.

One of the stars of the six-day circuit on the track, where he has won more than 20 races in pairings featuring riders including Mark Cavendish and Elia Viviani, Keisse’s victories on the road include a stage of the 2015 Giro d’Italia.

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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StraelGuy | 5 years ago
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What a moron .

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