Gianni Moscon said he felt ‘sacrificed’ by Team Sky after he was kicked off Tour de France for violent conduct

The Italian will return to racing this weekend after a five-week ban for lashing out at the Tour

Team Sky's Gianni Moscon will return to racing this weekend after serving a five-week ban
Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Gianni Moscon said he initially felt “sacrificed” by Team Sky after he was kicked off the Tour de France for lashing out at another rider.

The Italian was 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.