Team Sky has confirmed that Gianni Moscon used racially abusive language during an argument with Team FDJ’s Kevin Reza at the Tour of Romandie and says that the Italian will be dealt with internally, but only after the race has finished.
Cycling News reports that a confrontation between Moscon and Reza could be seen in the background of a video posted to Twitter by Team Sky following the stage three win by Moscon’s team-mate and countryman, Elia Viviani.
— Team Sky (@TeamSky) April 28, 2017
Without naming anyone, Reza’s teammate Sebastian Reichenbach later tweeted about an incident of racial abuse.
Choqué d'entendre encore des imbéciles utiliser des insultes racistes dans le peloton pro. Vous êtes une honte pour notre sport. #TDR2017
— Seb Reichenbach (@reichenbach_seb) April 28, 2017
Team Sky have since confirmed that Moscon was responsible and sporting director Nicolas Portal described the incident as ‘unacceptable’.
Reza is said to have accepted an apology from Moscon, but the Italian remains in the race.
The UCI has not yet commented.