• Sky's Gianni Moscon was kicked off the Tour de France after an altercation with Fortuneo Samsic rider Elie Gesbert in the opening kilometre of Stage 15 (Getty)
Team Sky's Gianni Moscon is heading home after hitting Fortuneo Samsic rider Elie Gesbert.
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Cycling Central

23 Jul 2018 - 7:12 AM  UPDATED 23 Jul 2018 - 11:29 AM

Race commissaires confirmed the ruling after the race, listing him in the official results sheet as a DQ. 

The incident was picked up by the Tour's new video commissaire. 

Team Sky is less than impressed with the Italian. 

“We support and accept the decision by the race organisers to exclude Gianni Moscon from the Tour de France," Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford said in a team statement.

"Gianni is desperately disappointed in his behaviour and knows that he has let himself, the team and the race down. 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 offer my sincere apologies to both Elie Gesbert and Team Fortuneo Samsic for this unacceptable incident. Team Sky will be making no further comment at this time."

The rider too has publicly apologised. 

It's not the first such incident involving the troubled Italian. In June, the UCI cleared him of allegedly causing a crash which resulted in Groupama FDJ's Sébastien Reichenbach fracturing an elbow at a race in October 2017.

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Team Sky's Gianni Moscon has escaped sanction for allegedly causing Sébastien Reichenbach's crash in October 2017.
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Gianni Moscon has been suspended for six weeks by Team Sky following a racist incident during the Tour de Romandie.
 

Sky suspended the rider for six weeks in May 2017 following a racist slur hurled at Groupama FDJ's Kevin Reza which resulted in a fight after a stage at the Tour de Romandie.

At that time, the team said in an official statement "Gianni knows that there is no excuse for his behaviour and that any repeat will result in termination of his contract."

He also was disqualified from his 29th place at the 2017 road world championships in Bergen after he was caught by a moto camera taking a tow from his team's car after crashing in the final 35 kilometres. 


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