Rider suspended over racial abuse
LONDON: Team Sky have suspended rider Gianni Moscon from racing for six weeks and given the Italian a written warning after a racist incident at last week’s Tour de Romandie, the British outfit said in a statement on Monday.
Moscon, 23, was alleged to have used racially abusive language toward FDJ’s Kevin Reza at the end of Friday’s third stage with the Italian later apologising to the Frenchman.
“There was a big fight at the finish and, yes, it hurt Kevin,” Team Sky’s Nicolas Portal told Cyclingnews on Saturday.
“After the stage Gianni apologised and we went to see FDJ this morning to make the effort so they know we take it seriously.
“Kevin accepted and that was nice that the two guys could shake hands and that there was an apology. There’s no excuse for that but we moved on.”
Team Sky’s statement said: “Following a disciplinary meeting with Team Sky concerning an incident at the Tour of Romandie, Gianni Moscon has been given a formal written warning and suspended from racing for six weeks. He will also attend a diversity awareness course. Reuters