Gianni Moscon expressed his surprise at finding himself in the lead of the Critérium du Dauphiné after the first summit finish of the race on stage 4. He seemed equally surprised when the first question came in his yellow jersey press conference in Lans-en-Vercors.
“Did Sky chase down every attempt from AG2R La Mondiale to get in the breakaway as retribution for what Romain Bardet said about Chris Froome yesterday?” asked an almost indignant French journalist.
Bardet, AG2R’s leader, had said he’d be ashamed if he was in Froome’s position of racing and winning Grand Tours with an anti-doping case hanging over him, with the Frenchman later bemoaning on Twitter the fact the quote was seized upon by various media headlines.
“Actually I don’t know what Romain Bardet wrote on Twitter yesterday,” Moscon said calmly.
“Our tactic today was just don’t let a big group go. And yes, everyone was following AG2R, and always when some AG2R guys went in the break, the group was too big for us and we tried to close it. We were not focused on AG2R.”
The French have built a reputation as somewhat cold to Team Sky, who have come to dominate the Tour de France in recent years, but Moscon might feel doubly unpopular here given the fallout from his racial abuse of FDJ’s Kevin Reza and the ongoing disciplinary case over the incident with Sebastien Reichenbach.
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