Team Sky's Moscon Expelled From Tour De France For Punch Mid-Race

Annette Crawford
Июля 23, 2018

Gianni Moscon's Team Sky future is in doubt after the franchise's team principal supported the decision by race organisers to expel the rider from the Tour de France.

Team Fortuneo-Samsic said the 24-year-old had punched their rider Elie Gesbert after 800m of Sunday's stage, which was won by Astana's Magnus Cort. In 2017 he was suspended for six weeks by Team Sky for having racially abused French rider Kevin Reza at the Tour de Romandie, and was also disqualified from the road race at the 2017 World Championships in Bergen, Norway, for taking an extended tow from the Italian team vehicle after having been caught up in a crash.

Moscon continued to say that he'd set a bad example, and let himself down, and also apologised to his teammates and the staff of Team Sky, as well as to the Tour organisers, saying that he accepted their decision, which was to disqualify him from the race.

"We will address this incident with Gianni once the Tour is complete and decide then if any further action should be taken". "I would like to personally apologise to Elie Gesbert for the incident on today's stage".

In September Moscon was also ejected from the UCI road world championships after video emerged of him taking a tow from a team auto.

Team Sky also tweeted a video statement from Moscon, apologising for the incident. Not only do Thomas and Froome lose a key helper for the third week - albeit Sky were the only team with a rider in contention for the maillot jaune still to have all eight riders - the incident is hardly going to help relations with the locals.

That misdemeanour earned the Italian a written warning from Team Sky, who said at the time: "Gianni Moscon has been given a formal written warning and suspended from racing for six weeks".

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Thomas kept his advantage of 1 minute, 39 seconds over teammate and defending champion Froome before the race's second rest day on Monday.

"There are three big, big days left, and then the time trial, so (I) just take each day as it comes and we will see what happens", Thomas said.

"We were always in control", Thomas said. "It's a massive honour just to be wearing (the yellow jersey), but like I have said from the very start, who knows what lies just around the corner?"

Britain's Geraint Thomas, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, signs the start flag prior to stage 15.

Cort Nielsen claimed his first career win at the Tour after staying ahead of Ion Izagirre and Bauke Mollema in a sprint over the final 200 metres.

The only sustained attack against Thomas came from Daniel Martin, who is 10th at nearly seven minutes behind.

"It's not a nice situation, and obviously we would prefer everyone to love us, but I'm not sure there's anything we've done, or especially that I've done, to deserve it", he said.

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