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Reichenbach files complaint over 'dangerous behaviour' of Gianni Moscon; who denies wrongdoing

Joe Robinson
4 Oct 2017

Sebastian Reichenbach suffers an elbow fracture in a crash with FDJ accusing Gianni Moscon of causing the incident

Team FDJ (Française des Jeux) have accused Team Sky rider Gianni Moscon of causing the crash that led to Sebastian Reichenbach fracturing his elbow at Tre Valli Varesine.

Although Moscon denies all wrongdoing, Reichenbach has filed formal complaints to both the UCI and Italian police.

Reichenbach told Le Nouveslliste of his certainty at Moscon's alleged actions.

'I will file a complaint against Gianni Moscon because he voluntarily threw me ashore,' adding, 'It was voluntary, and several riders have seen the scene and are ready to testify in my favor.'

In a twitter post, the French WorldTour team confirmed that Reichenbach had crashed during the race and would require surgery on his elbow. They then went on to claim that Moscon had caused the crash due to dangerous riding.

Yet in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, Moscon responded to the crash by claiming he had no involvement and that the accusations were false. 

'It’s not true. It’s nothing to do with me. We were on a section of rough road and Reichenbach’s hands slipped from his handlebars. I’ve never spoken to him in my life.'

The rider then tweeted his condolences to Reichenbach wishing him a quick recovery.

This is the latest in a line of controversies surrounding the Italian rider this season.

Moscon served a six-week suspension, implemented by his team, for the use of racist language towards Kevin Reza, who is a teammate of Reichenbach at FDJ.

When questioned about the situation on his return from his ban, Moscon then went onto tell La Gazzetta dello Sport that his 'conscience was clean.'

After returning from the ban, Moscon found himself in the limelight for all the wrong reasons again at last month's World Championships.

After fighting hard to go clear of the peloton, footage was revealed of Moscon holding onto his Italian team car. The rider was then subsequently disqualified from the race.

This latest accusation towards Moscon will likely prove frustrating towards the rider and his team considering his recent show of talent – coming fifth at Paris-Roubaix and victory at the National Time Trial Championships coupled with a strong performance in support of Chris Froome at the Vuelta a Espana.

However, unless Moscon is able to control his manner both on and off the bike, he may prove to be an infamous member of Team Sky not for performance but controversy.