Workforce Sky’s Gianni Moscon hit with a five-week ban after taking a swing at rival on Tour de France

The Worldwide Biking Union (UCI) has suspended Workforce Sky rider Gianni Moscon for 5 weeks and disqualified him from final month’s Tour de France for hitting out at one other rider.

The Italian was kicked off the Tour on July 22 for showing to swing an arm at Elie Gesbert from the French Fortuneo-Samsic crew through the 15th stage of the race.

‘Mr Moscon accepted his duty for the incident and can serve a interval of suspension of 5 weeks ranging from August eight to September 12, 2018,’ the UCI said in a statement on Wednesday.

The ICU has handed Gianni Moscon a five-week ban for hitting out at another rider last month

The ICU has handed Gianni Moscon a five-week ban for hitting out at another rider last month

The ICU has handed Gianni Moscon a five-week ban for hitting out at one other rider final month

The Team Sky rider was caught on film striking Elie Gesbert on the head at the Tour de France

The Team Sky rider was caught on film striking Elie Gesbert on the head at the Tour de France

The Workforce Sky rider was caught on movie placing Elie Gesbert on the top on the Tour de France

The incident happened within the opening moments of Sunday's 15th stage to Carcassonne

The incident happened within the opening moments of Sunday's 15th stage to Carcassonne

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The incident occurred throughout the opening moments of Sunday’s 15th stage to Carcassonne

Moscon expressed remorse over the incident and stated he accepted the suspension.

‘I reacted within the warmth of the second and it was by no means my intention to hit the rider,’ the 24-year-old stated instructed Team Sky’s official website.

‘Because the footage reveals I did not make contact, however I remorse my actions and I’ve already apologised to each Elie Gesbert and Workforce Fortuneo-Samsic for the incident.’

Geraint Thomas sealed Sky's sixth Tour de France title in seven years last month

Geraint Thomas sealed Sky's sixth Tour de France title in seven years last month

Geraint Thomas sealed Sky’s sixth Tour de France title in seven years final month

The one-day race specialist was additionally accused of forcing one other rider to crash final 12 months earlier than being cleared of wrongdoing by the UCI.

He was suspended by Sky for six weeks for a racist slur towards a French rider final 12 months.

Sky gained their sixth Tour de France title in seven years final month, when Geraint Thomas sealed victory forward of Workforce Sunweb’s Tom Dumoulin. 

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