Ireland's Sam Bennett is back in action for Deceuninck-QuickStep today for the first time since being subjected to an extraordinary attack from team boss Patrick Lefevere.

Bennett, who lines up at the Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen race in Belgium, missed the Tour de France due to a knee injury.

That sparked a furious outburst from Lefevere, who suggested the rider was feigning injury.

"He first wept like a small child when he left Bora Hansgrohe, and 14 months later he signs with the same team because he got a little more money," he said in June.

"That says more about him than about me. I have balls on my body, he doesn’t. What will happen next Monday? If he behaves, he will race. And otherwise… not racing for three months, that is 50% less salary."

Bennett last raced for the team at the Volta ao Algarve in May, though he was part of the Ireland team that competed at last week's UEC European Road Championships

In August it was announced the 2020 Tour de France Green Jersey winner would return to Bora-Hansgrohe for the 2022 season, going back to the team he previously spent six years with.

The Carrick-on-Suir man signed a two-year contract having worked with Deceuninck-Quick-Step since December 2019.