Team Sky keep Moscon out of competition until further notice

Team Sky will not field Gianni Moscon until the UCI Disciplinary Commission decides whether the Italian will face further punishment relating to his expulsion from the Tour de France.

Moscon, 24, was expelled from the Tour after he punched Fortuneo-Samsic rider Elie Gesbert in the opening kilometres of stage 15 from Millau to Carcassonne. The Italian finished the stage but video footage was later analysed by the race jury and, despite a protest from Team Sky at the time, the rider was ejected from the event, leaving the squad with seven riders.

Moscon is technically free to race while the UCI’s Disciplinary Commission go through their procedures and decide as to whether the rider will face further punishment for his actions. However, Cyclingnews has learned from Team Sky that they will not let Moscon return to racing until the UCI make a ruling. The governing body’s Commission could clear the Italian if they think that the race jury at the time gave Moscon a sufficient punishment. However, the rider could also face a suspension, in which case Team Sky would have to keep their rider on the sidelines for an extended period.

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When contacted by Cyclingnews on Thursday, the UCI would not provide a statement or update on the situation, saying that there was ‘no time frame’ at present. However, Cyclingnews understands that the matter may not yet have even reached the Disciplinary Commission. Team Sky are hopeful, however, that a resolution will be found within the next week.

In July, the UCI handed Lars Boom a one-month ban after he punched Preben Van Hecke in the Tour of Norway, while Andrey Grivko was banned for 45 days last year after punching Marcel Kittel in the Dubai Tour. In both cases, the riders were immediately expelled from the races, but it took more than a month for the UCI DIsciplinary Commission to reach its verdict. 

After the incident at this year’s Tour, Moscon posted a video apology, filmed on the Team Sky bus the evening of his expulsion.

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