Moscon keen to put the past behind him on return to Tour de France
06 July 2019 11:15
As the Tour de France gets under way, all the talk surrounding Team Ineos is about the two team leaders, Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal. But, the Tour being the Tour, there are numerous storylines running at any one time, even within the same team. Gianni Moscon is at the centre of one; the Italian returns to the race after he was disqualified from last year. The Italian left last summer's race on stage 15 after throwing a punch at Élie Gesbert, the latest in a lengthy line of controversies Moscon has been ensconced in. He's back this year though, ready to hit reset on his relationship with the Tour, and his 2019 season. Yet on the eve of this year's Tour de France, Moscon was in no mood to talk about his previous at the race.ADVERTISEMENT "No words are needed," he said, batting away reporter's questions about the Gesbert incident in a terse exchange after the Team Ineos press conference. "I don't need to talk about this anymore," said Moscon to a small huddle of journalists, including Cyclingnews. "I really respect your job and you have to do the same with us. Please respect us – if I don't want to talk about this, I'm not going to talk." When asked about whether he perceived himself as a victim of media bias, Moscon once again stonewalled the line of questioning.
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