MOSCON’S SEA­SON IS DIF­FI­CULT TO AD­MIRE

Procycling - - Prologue - SA MD ANSIE

W e need to talk about Gianni Moscon. His be­hav­iour in 2017 will stalk the rest of his ca­reer. That’s his pun­ish­ment for mak­ing racist re­marks to FDJ’s Kevin Reza at the Tour of Ro­mandy and then fail­ing to ex­press sin­cere con­tri­tion. De­spite Team Sky’s de­layed pun­ish­ment – a nom­i­nal six-week race sus­pen­sion and en­forced at­ten­dance at a diver­sity aware­ness course – the re­sult was a non-apol­ogy. “My con­science is clean, I ac­cepted the pun­ish­ment, I took my break,” Moscon told

Gazzetta dello Sport at the Route du Sud. Then there’s footage of him tak­ing a tow dur­ing the world cham­pi­onships road race, which earned him a dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion. Com­pound­ing the Ro­mandy in­ci­dent, Sébastien Re­ichen­bach al­leged that Moscon caused him to crash at Tre Valli Vare­sine. Re­ichen­bach was left with an el­bow and pelvis frac­ture, while Moscon de­nied the ac­cu­sa­tions. Th­ese in­ci­dents dis­fig­ure a year of rev­e­la­tory per­for­mances. He’s only 23 and placed third in Lom­bardy and fifth in Roubaix. He de­liv­ered an MVP per­for­mance for Chris Froome in the Vuelta. Th­ese re­sults and rides are signs of an un­com­mon tal­ent that will prob­a­bly be fully ex­pressed in years to come. Af­ter Lom­bardy, Moscon ex­pressed a wish to move on from Ro­mandy, though he was ready to de­fend his name, he told

Cy­clingnews. No one need be sad­dled with ig­no­rant com­ments from their youth for­ever, but then they also need to own up to them. Moscon has sig­nally failed to do so and so, for now, it’s im­pos­si­ble to look on his re­sults with any­thing but dis­taste. Sam Dan­sie is Pro­cy­cling’s fea­tures ed­i­tor

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