Moscon shines at the Vuelta
Gianni Moscon, just 23 years old and completing his first Grand Tour in Spain, is paving the way to become one of Chris Froome’s elite Tour de France helpers.
The Italian created a buzz when, still 22, he led Team Sky to fifth place in Paris-roubaix. Insiders predicted future Classics success, and maybe Sky’s first cobbled Monument winner, but no one was talking about Grand Tours. That has changed over the first two weeks at the Vuelta a España.
Moscon has been a key protector of Froome on the most demanding mountain stages. On the Calar Alto summit finish, he worked on the front until the final seven kilometres, when only established elite helper Mikel Nieve and Froome remained.
“He’s young and this is his first Grand Tour,” team boss David Brailsford said. “For his development, we are thinking he should just stay focused on the Classics and try to excel in that area, but also bring him to these races. We need to see for next year too because you can’t rule him out for a Tour de France role next year. You could kind of see already what kind of role he might play in the team.”
“I’ve never raced these type of races and I haven’t been able to yet show myself,” said Moscon. “I want to make the Classics a priority at the start of my season, but I’d have time to recover and prepare well for the Tour afterwards.”
Moscon’s been a key Froome aide