Team Sky has suspended 23-year-old Italian rider Gianni Moscon from racing for six weeks for racially abusing the FDJ rider Kevin Reza at the Tour of Romandie last week.
in a statement released this evening, the UCI WorldTour team said:
Following a disciplinary meeting with Team Sky concerning an incident at the Tour of Romandie, Gianni Moscon has been given a formal written warning and suspended from racing for six weeks. He will also attend a diversity awareness course.
Gianni recognises that his behaviour was wrong and how seriously Team Sky take this kind of incident.
He apologised to Kevin Reza after the stage and again to him and his team the following morning, and this apology was accepted. Gianni knows that there is no excuse for his behaviour and that any repeat will result in termination of his contract.
The sanction is separate to any that may be imposed on Moscon by world cycling's governing body, the UCI, which said at the weekend that it is investigating the incident.
Moscon, who comes from Trento in north east Italy, is a rising star within Team Sky.
Last year he won the overall at the Arctic Tour of Norway, and just three weeks ago finished fifth at Paris-Roubaix.
While he wasn't named in the team's squad for the Giro d'Italia, which starts on Friday, his suspension comes at a busy time of the season and will rule him out of participating in races such as the Tour of California.
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