Team Sky’s Gianni Moscon has been disqualified from the Tour de France for hitting another rider during stage 15.
The Italian lashed out at Team Fortuneo-Samsic’s Elie Gesbert after 800 metres of Sunday’s stage, with television footage showing Moscon’s hand catching the Frenchman’s helmet.
Moscon was suspended by Team Sky for six weeks last year after racially abusing Kévin Reza at the Tour of Romandie. At the time, a Team Sky statement said “there is no excuse for his behaviour and that any repeat will result in termination of his contract.”
However, Moscon’s latest offence will be dealt with by the team upon the conclusion of the Tour de France, with Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome currently sitting first and second in the general classification going into the second rest day.
“We support and accept the decision by the race organisers to exclude Gianni Moscon from the Tour de France,” said Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford.
Brailsford added: “Gianni is desperately disappointed in his behaviour and knows that he has let himself, the Team and the race down.
“We will address this incident with Gianni once the Tour is complete and decide then if any further action should be taken.
“I would like to offer my sincere apologies to both Elie Gesbert and Team Fortuneo-Samsic for this unacceptable incident."