Deceuninck-Quick-Step boss Patrick Lefevere has again lashed out at Sam Bennett.

The sprinter will probably return to BORA-hansgrohe next season.

"Sam Bennett is the height of mental weakness for me," Lefevere writes in his column for the Belgian newspaper

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The Irishman made the switch from BORA to Deceuninck-Quick-Step at the beginning of 2020.

"When Bennett left BORA, he complained about how he was bullied there. He was broken and depressed," says the Belgian team boss.

"We are now fourteen months later and he wants to return. It is like a woman who returns to her partner after domestic violence."

Lefevere accused Bennett of lying about injury

Thirty-year-old Bennett started his period with the Belgian top team by winning two stages and the green jersey in the Tour de France.

This year Bennett triumphed in seven smaller races, but missed the Tour due to a knee injury.

Lefevere previously accused Bennett of lying about that injury.

The Irishman was replaced in the Tour by veteran Mark Cavendish, who won no less than four bunch sprints.

With Fabio Jakobsen recovering from his heavy crash, Quick-Step has another sprinter in the house.

BORA announced this week that sprinters Peter Sagan and Pascal Ackermann will leave the team at the end of this season.