Moscon on Tour de France expulsion: I didn't do anything

05 September 2018 01:01
Gianni Moscon has revealed that he received no additional punishment from Team Sky following his expulsion from the Tour de France for striking Elie Gesbert (Fortuneo-Oscaro) in the opening kilometres of stage 15. He is currently serving a five-week ban from racing that was handed to him by the UCI and can return to competition on September 15 but continues to train hard, convinced he will be selected for the Italian team for the World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria. In an interview with Tuttosport published on Wednesday, Moscon denied that he had tried to hit Gesbert, despite television footage demonstrating that he had turned and raised his arm at the French rider. Team Sky released a video apology from Moscon in the immediate aftermath of his expulsion from the Tour, but the Italian has now said that he “didn’t do anything” and claimed that his disqualification from the Tour had its roots in Team Sky’s unpopularity. “I haven’t thought much about what happened at the Tour because I didn’t have much to think about because I didn’t do anything,” Moscon said.ADVERTISEMENT "If I had really tried to punch Gesbert, then in the images why doesn’t he even lean back to avoid this phantom blow? In reality, I just told him to get lost in an obvious way. But Team Sky is unsympathetic for a lot of people and attracts animosity. And, given what’s happened before, I’m the black sheep, the easiest one to damage.” Moscon’s rap sheet over the past two seasons is a lengthy and unedifying one. He racially abused Kévin Reza during the 2017 Tour de Romandie, and though his Team Sky allowed him to complete the Tour de Romandie, he was later side-lined for six weeks. In September of last year, Moscon was disqualified from the World Championships road race in Bergen when video emerged of him taking a tow from the Italian team car after he was caught up in a crash on the penultimate lap. Returning in time for the World Championships You can read more at . read full article

Source: Cycling News