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by Shane Stokes
October 5, 2017
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One day after he was accused of deliberately causing FDJ rider Sébastien Reichenbach to crash in the Tre Valli Varesine race in Italy, Gianni Moscon denied the claim on Wednesday. “It’s not true, it’s nothing to do with me,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“We were on a section of rough road and Reichenbach’s hands slipped from his handlebars. I’ve never spoken to him in my life.” The two have history, however: in April, Moscon get involved in a dispute with FDJ’s Kevin Reza, a black rider. Reichenbach refered to the incident on Twitter, saying that he was “shocked to hear imbeciles still use racist insults in the pro peloton. You are a shame for our sport.” Moscon was subsequently suspended for six weeks by Sky – although he was due a break from racing anyway – and sent on a diversity awareness course.
On Tuesday FDJ directly blamed Moscon for causing Reichenbach’s crash, which left the rider needing surgery for a fractured elbow. One day later, the rider himself said that he would take things further. “I will file a complaint against Gianni Moscon because he voluntarily threw me to the ground,” he told Le Nouvelliste, adding that he feared a possible hip fracture too.
“It was deliberate. Several riders saw the circumstances and are ready to testify in my favour. He deliberately threw himself at me. On a descent, the accident could have had even more serious consequences. My team, FDJ, encouraged me to file a complaint. They will support me.”
He added that he considered the incident was a direct consequence of his tweet during the Tour de Romandie, even though he didn’t mention Moscon’s name at that time. In addition to his suspension, Moscon was also in trouble more recently, being disqualified from the world road championships after an illegal tow by the Italian team car.