Team Sky rider Gianni Moscon has been disqualified from the Tour de France for punching an opponent in the face during Stage 15 of the race on Sunday.
According to the New York Post, the 24-year-old Italian struck a rider from Team Fortuneo-Samsic in the first half-mile of the stage for unknown reasons. Video footage of the incident appears to show Moscon, who was suspended by Team Sky for racially abusing a rider during last year’s race, swing his right arm at Frenchman Elie Gesbert’s face.
Team Sky general manager Dave Brailsford said the team will now decide if any further disciplinary action should be taken against Moscon.
“We support and accept the decision by the race organizers to exclude Gianni Moscon from the Tour de France,” Team Sky general manager Dave Brailsford said. “Gianni is desperately disappointed in his behavior 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.”
Moscon also shared an apology Sunday via Team Sky’s Twitter account.
“I’m sorry for today’s incident and I totally regret my actions,” Moscon said. “I would like to personally apologize to Elie Gesbert for the incident on today’s stage. What happened was wrong and was a bad example coming from me to everyone. I want to publicly apologize for what happened to my teammates, everyone involved in Team Sky and everyone involved in the Tour de France.”