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by Shane Stokes
June 20, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Dennis not optimistic about Tour de France selection; Moscon says conscience is clean after end of his suspension for racist comments; Analysing where British Cycling is at after the publication of controversial independent review; Elissonde psyched after netting third in Route du Sud; Canyon/SRAM Zwift Academy rider Leah Thorvilson gears up to ride the Giro Rosa; Rally Cycling dominates men’s and women’s North Star Grand Prix races; Cyclist writes own obituary to highlight dangers riders face; Team Sunweb riders chasing national championship success; Diplomatic immunity means Saudi driver looks set to escape prosecution over fatal dooring incident; Tour de Pharmacy official Trailer # 2; The Passion Of Cycling
Back in action last week after the end of a six-week suspension, Gianni Moscon has said he wants to move on from the furore caused by alleged racist comments against FDJ’s Kevin Reza. “I don’t have much to say,” Moscon told La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper, speaking about the incident. It occurred in the Tour de Romandie in Switzerland, and took place after he helped Sky teammate win the third stage.
“My conscience is clean, I accepted the punishment, I took my break.” When asked if he was sorry about what he had done, he said he wanted to move on. “I didn’t kill anyone and the accusations are not completely founded. But I prefer to not talk about it anymore.”
At the time Team Sky said that he had apologized to Reza. The team summoned him to its headquarters in Manchester and said that it made clear to him that any repeat would lead to his firing. He was given a written warning, suspended from racing for six weeks and sent to a diversity awareness course.
“I remained home in Livo with my family,” said Moscon, explaining what he did during his time on the sidelines. “A few times I also went to my parent’s farm. All and all, it wasn’t bad. I always had support from my colleagues, they knew it was something ridiculous.”
He returned to racing in the Route du Sud and finished second on Friday’s stage of the race. He said that many fans cheered him on. “I don’t think I need to rebuild my image. Those who like me understood, those who don’t, took advantage to attack me.”
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