TEAM SKY’s Tour de France bid was plunged into turmoil after one of Geraint Thomas’ key lieutenants was disqualified for PUNCHING an opponent.
Italian Gianni Moscon has been booted out after striking a rider from Team Fortuneo-Samsic in the first 800 metres of stage 15.
It makes the hardest week of a brutal three-week race more difficult for Thomas and Chris Froome, currently in first and second in the Yellow Jersey standings.
Sir Dave Brailsford will now need to spend today’s rest day deciding whether to SACK the 24-year-old, after he was suspended last year for racially abusing fellow pro Kevin Reza during a race.
Tour de France officials reviewed footage from the opening metres of Sunday’s stage as Moscon appeared to swing his right arm at Frenchman Elie Gesbert’s FACE while overtaking him.
A key member of Sky’s eight-man squad for the race, the badboy Italian will head home in shame with question marks over his future in the team.
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Brailsford, said: “We support and accept the decision by the race organisers to exclude Gianni Moscon from the Tour de France.
“Gianni is desperately disappointed in his behaviour and knows that he has let himself, the Team and the race down.
“We will address this incident with Gianni once the Tour is complete and decide then if any further action should be taken.
“I would like to offer my sincere apologies to both Elie Gesbert and Team Fortuneo Samsic for this unacceptable incident.”