Saturday’s fourth stage of the Tour de Romandie was overshadowed by a racist incident involving Team Sky’s Gianni Moscon. The Italian admitted abusing FDJ’s Kevin Reza at the end of Friday’s third stage.
Moscon later apologised to Reza with Sky sporting director Nicolas Portal telling cyclingnews.comthat the 23 year-old would be disciplined after the race.
“There was a big fight at the finish and, yes, it hurt Kevin,” Portal said. “After the stage Gianni apologised and we went to see FDJ this morning to make the effort so they know we take it seriously. Kevin accepted and that was nice that the two guys could shake hands and that there was an apology. There’s no excuse for that but we moved on.”
Neither FDJ nor Portal would confirm what Moscon had said but Portal admitted it “wasn’t nice”.
“If Kevin wants to comment then he will,” Portal said. “It was a big incident for us and for him and we treated it.
“This is something we’re going to take seriously after the race. In this sport we have all generations of bike riders and some really young bike riders. It’s our job to teach them the right way, we’ve seen really bad behaviour in other sports, and this is really bad. We explained this to Gianni and he understood.”
Meanwhile, Simon Yates will take a 19 sec lead into Saturday's final stage after the Orica-Scott rider won Saturday's penultimate stage ahead of Richie Porte (BMC Racing) and Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe).