Trek-Segafredo has decided to put the American cycling talent Quinn Simmons on hold following controversial messages he posted on social media.

Nineteen-year-old Simmons caused consternation on Wednesday evening when he used a black emoji in a tweet in which he supported US President Donald Trump.

Many people labeled this as a racist action.

Simmons' message was in response to the tweet by cycling journalist José Been, who, following the much-discussed debate between Joe Biden and Trump, reported on Twitter that all Trump supporters should unfollow her.

After Simmons' message on Twitter, Trek announced that it was taking the matter seriously and released a statement around midnight, in which the team writes that Simmons has crossed a line with "multiple statements" and will not take action for the time being.

It is not clear what other messages Trek is referring to.

“While we support freedom of speech, we will continue to hold our people accountable for their words and actions. it says in Trek-Segafredo's statement.

I like talented young bike racers as much as anyone, but I refused to cheer for anyone who supports a racist, hateful fascist like @ QuinnSimmons9 does.

I am officially rooting for everyone else.

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Avatar AuthorPflax1Moment of places15: 36 - September 30, 2020

The incident on Twitter that led to Quinn Simmons' suspension.

Simmons misses Liège-Bastogne-Liège

Simmons is in his first year with the American WorldTour formation.

The 2019 junior world champion competed this year in the Tour de la Provence and the Tour of Poland.

On Wednesday, Simmons was also at the start of the Flèche Wallonne, which he finished in 135th place and he would compete in Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday.

Trek-Segafredo also includes the Dutch Bauke Mollema, Koen de Kort and Pieter Weening under contract.