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by Shane Stokes
October 11, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Bennett wins stage 1 of the Presidential Tour of Turkey; Sagan confirms Santos Tour Down Under appearance; Reichenbach diagnosed with additional fracture, will be out of action for three months; Roglic targets Grand Tour success, but bides time for podium finish; Cookson on bid for re-election: ‘We got the politics disastrously wrong’; German time trial talent Teutenberg signs on for two years with Team WNT; Hansen stays with Team Virtu for another year; Driver rugby-tackles female cyclist and causes spinal fracture; Video: The Ultimate Cycling Motivation 2017; Video: taking yellow on a spectator’s bike.
One week after Gianni Moscon was accused of deliberately causing Sébastien Reichenbach to crash in the Tre Valli Varesine race in Italy, further details of the latter’s injuries have emerged. Reichenbach’s FDJ team said via Twitter on Monday that there was ‘reassuring news,’ stating that he was expected to return home on Tuesday after a week of hospitalization.
“His rehabilitation for the elbow [fracture] has begun, but he must also recover from a fracture of the pelvis identified after his fall of 3 October. The health status of @reichenbach_seb is good and we hope to see it again on a bike in three months.”
In April Moscon was 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.
Last Wednesday Reichenbach told Le Nouvelliste that he considered the incident in the Tre Valli Varesine race to be related to this. “I will file a complaint against Gianni Moscon because he voluntarily threw me to the ground. 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 said that the complaint would be lodged with both the police and the UCI. The news that he will be out of action for three months appears to add an additional seriousness to the issue.