Gianni Moscon disqualified from Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne for throwing bike

The Team Ineos rider took off his race numbers and tore them up on camera


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Gianni Moscon has been disqualified from Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne for throwing a bike after a crash.

The Team Ineos rider was involved in a fall in the bunch in the final 100km of the Belgian one-day race, and was caught on camera throwing a competitors bike out of the way, hitting another rider with it in the process.

Moscon was then filmed sitting up, pulling off his race numbers and tearing one up at around 50km to go after he was told he had been kicked off the race for his behaviour.

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The incident happened as the 2020 edition of Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne entered the final few climbs and a nervous peloton tried to chase down the five-rider breakaway.

A crash on a narrow stretch of farm road caused chaos and split the bunch, as Moscon was one of the riders caught up in the incident.

The 25-year-old was then filmed picking up a rival's bike from a pile on the floor and throwing it behind him into a ditch.

In the process, Moscon hit another rider with the bike, with the rival then struggling to keep his footing.

This is far from Moscon's first offence. In 2017 he racially abused then FDJ rider Kévin Reza at the Tour de Romandie. He was allowed to finish the race but was later punished by Team Sky.

Then in the 2017 World Championships, Moscon was disqualified from the race after a video of him emerged being towed by the Italian team car following a crash.

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Moscon was again embroiled in controversy after FDJ’s Sébastien Reichenbach accused the Italian of deliberately causing him to crash. This case was dropped by the UCI because no video of the incident existed.

He was then kicked off the 2018 Tour de France and given a five-week ban by the UCI after he was filmed striking out at Frenchman Elie Gesbert (Fortuneo-Samsic) early on stage 15.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.