Moscon shines at the Vuelta

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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

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