'Bad boy' Gianni Moscon hopes for a new start after transfer: “...

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Gianni Moscon will travel from Ineos Grenadiers to Astana Qazaqstan this winter. The Italian speed rider is not the most popular rider in and outside the pack due to some incidents in the past. But 27-year-old Moscon does not let himself be thrown off balance, not even when a heart problem was diagnosed a few weeks ago. “On social media, I only look at tractors.”

Laurens Van Heuverswijn

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Moscon was interviewed by The Gazzetta dello Sport about his transfer to the Kazakh team and did not shy away from a theme. His reputation was discussed in the pink sports newspaper. Moscon was suspended in the past for a racist statement, was disqualified from the World Cup in 2017 after hanging from a support car, was kicked out of the Tour after a punch and also had to be sidelined in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne after he died. threw a bicycle at Jens Debusschere. Ineos decided this season to say goodbye to the enfant terrible.

“Astana wants to make me the leader for the classics,” said Moscon, who seemed on his way to victory in Paris-Roubaix but then crashed twice. “I rode four Grand Tours for Ineos and won them all. I didn’t win much myself. But I think I can race worry-free with Astana. That should be liberating.”

During that Paris-Roubaix, social media was not kind to Moscon as he seemed on his way to victory. He was clearly not loved. “Maybe it’s because of my past,” he kicks into an open door. “But I’m not interested in what people are writing about me on social media. I don’t feel attacked, I just want to feel good around people who really know me. On social media I only look at tractors: I have a passion for that.”

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