In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Richie Porte wins the Tour de Romandie; Serge Pauwels wins men’s Tour de Yorkshire with final-stage victory; Lizzie Deignan wins women’s Tour de Yorkshire; Quintana tunes Giro form with Vuelta Asturias queen stage victory; Christine Majerus takes overall win at Festival Elsy Jacobs; Astana opt not to replace Michele Scarponi in Giro line-up; Remembering Chad Young – A tribute from the team soigneur; Moscon racially abuses Reza at Tour de Romandie; Film review – Thereabouts 3; Big crash in the women’s Red Hook Crit.
Your Monday Daily News Digest
Team Sky has confirmed that its Italian rider, Gianni Moscon, used racially abusive language when speaking to FDJ’s Kevin Reza at the Tour de Romandie.
A video posted by the Team Sky twitter account on Friday shows Reza remonstrating with Moscon in the background. Reza’s teammate Sebastian Reichenbach later tweeted about the incident, saying: “Shocked to hear fools still use racial slurs in the pro peloton. You are a shame for our sport.”
— Team Sky ???? (@TeamSky) April 28, 2017
Team Sky sports director Nicolas Portal labelled the incident as “unacceptable”. The team opted not to remove Moscon from the Giro, but a spokesperson told Cyclingnews that the incident would be dealt with internally.
“This is something we’re going to take seriously after the race,” Portal said. “In this sport we have all generations of bike riders and some really young bike riders. It’s our job to teach them the right way, we’ve seen really bad behaviour in other sports, and this is really bad. We explained this to Gianni and he understood.”
“The matter is closed and the apology was accepted by Kevin. There’s nothing more to say on that side from FDJ,” a member of FDJ management told Cyclingnews.
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