Peter Sagan hit the headlines a couple of weeks ago after pinching the bottom of a podium girl after the Ronde Van Vlaanderen.
The incriminating pictures went well beyond the cycling world, and drew condemnations, as well as a debate about whether in the 21st century there is still a place for podium girls.
Sagan, perhaps realising how many people were offended by how he treated Maya Leye, chose to issue a contrite message of apology by video soon after the incident.
"I sincerely apologise to Maya for what I did on the podium after the race. It was wrong of me and I didn't think when I was up on the podium. I never should have done it. I am so sorry and I hope Maya and anyone else who was offended know how sorry I am and accept my apology.
"I promise to act more respectfully in future."
And that promise seems to have been put into practice this morning when Sagan met Maya again in Belgium.
Leye was present at the start of the Brabantse Pijl cycling race, and before the riders (Sagan included) got underway, the Slovakian stopped to give her a bouquet of flowers, a courteous kiss on each cheek, and a further apology.
In fact, almost exactly how it should have unfolded in the first place...
Apology accepted? Clearly. Sagan won the Brabantse Pijl, and took to the podium where Maya was waiting for him. And it was business as usual to herald the victory.
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