For a rider who is not too popular in the peloton, Gianni Moscon is a surprising addition to Patrick Lefevere’s tight-knit “Wolfpack”. Why did Soudal-Quick Step choose the controversial Italian?
In the peloton, Gianni Moscon (29) is anything but “Mister Popular”. In 2017, the Italian was discredited for the first time because he hurled racist comments at Kevin Reza during the Tour de Romandie. Team Sky sidelined the second-year professional for 6 weeks.
At the World Championships in Bergen that year, Moscon was disqualified after ostentatiously hanging from the team car in an attempt to return after a crash.
And in October 2017, FDJ pointed to Moscon as the main culprit for Reichenbach’s fall in the Italian match Tre Valli Varesine, in which the Swiss suffered an elbow fracture. The UCI had the matter investigated by an independent panel, but there was insufficient evidence to punish the Sky rider.
A year later, Moscon could not escape punishment in the 2018 Tour. The Italian dealt a blow to Elie Gesbert in the 15th stage. The competition jury immediately threw him off course and a further 5-week suspension followed.