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Moscon reveals 10kg weight gain at Tour de France after difficult season

Joe Robinson
3 Oct 2019

Italian rider has struggled after 'overtraining' during the off-season

Gianni Moscon claims to have put on 10kg during the Tour de France in a season he believes was blighted by 'overtraining'. In an interview with Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sportthe Team Ineos rider explained how he had to reset himself after a difficult Tour. 

Although Moscon was eventually part of the winning team thanks to the exploits of Egan Bernal, he was largely anonymous throughout the race, lacking the impact of previous seasons and also struggling with significant weight gain during the race.

'I weighed myself when I got home [from the Tour] and I was almost 80 kilos, while I started the race at around 70. At least eight kilos more. I didn't recognise myself,' said Moscon. 

This surprise weight gain came after an underwhelming start to the season for the Italian. Moscon raced a full Spring Classics programme but underperformed - 42nd at the Tour of Flanders being his best result.

It came as a surprise for the former Paris-Roubaix top 10 finisher considering he ended the 2018 season with victory at the Tour of Guangxi and wins at the Giro della Toscana and Coppa Agostoni.

Moscon put down this poor start of the season to a regime that saw him simply riding too much.

'In the winter I worked like never before. Hours and hours on the bike and specific work. Then in Colombia earlier this year, hours and hours, I came back a corpse,' said Moscon.

'I couldn’t recover because I couldn’t get 10 days away from the bike. My body was exhausted. At the Tour I was tired before even starting.'

A poor year was slightly rectified last week when Moscon finished fourth at the World Championships in Yorkshire. 

He rode tirelessly in the service of compatriot Matteo Trentin to tee up the sprinter for victory, however Trentin could ultimately only manage second, losing to Denmark's Mads Pedersen.

Moscon will now take this form forward to the season-ending Italian Classics as he gears up to race Giro dell'Emilia and the Gran Premo Bruno Beghelli this weekend before Il Lombardia on Saturday 12th October.