Team Sky’s Gianni Moscon was back in action at the recent Route du Sud race after serving his six-week suspension for racist comments to FDJ’s Kevin Reza at home in Italy. He is not due to ride the Tour de France but will target this weekend’s Italian national championships and then make his Grand Tour debut at the Vuelta a Espana in August.
The 23-year-old Italian finished second behind Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac) on Saturday’s tough mountain stage to Gavarnie Gedre that included the climb of the Tourmalet. He finished seventh overall at the Route du Sud, 5:38 down on overall winner Silvan Dillier (BMC).
Moscon impressed during the cobbled Classics in April, finished fifth overall at Paris-Roubaix. The racist incident with Reza occurred at the Tour de Romandie with video footage showing the two arguing after teammate Elia Viviani won the third stage to Payerne. Team Sky kept Moscon in the Swiss race, but he then travelled to Manchester for a disciplinary hearing.
Moscon was given a formal written warning and suspended from racing for six weeks, and was due to attend a “diversity awareness course, according to a statement from Team Sky.
“He apologised to Kevin Reza after the stage and again to him and his team the following morning, and this apology was accepted,” Team Sky explained at the time.
“Gianni knows that there is no excuse for his behaviour and that any repeat will result in termination of his contract.”
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