Sebastien Reichenbach takes Gianni Moscon case to Italian justice
Oct 25 2017 07:08 pm CET

Sebastien Reichenbach takes Gianni Moscon case to Italian justice

Sebastien Reichenbach (FDJ) is taking his case against Gianni Moscon to the Italian Justice system. The rider claims the Italian pushed him during the Tre Valli Varesine.

Reichenbach's side of the story says that Moscon pushed him and caused him to crash, resulting in an elbow fracture that required surgery. "Moscon pushed me on purpose and he has to pay for that," the rider commented. "It was during a downhill stretch. I was riding at more than 60 kilometres per hour and I got pushed by Moscon. He simply launched himself against me."

Moscon has already been suspended by Team Sky in the current season for racial slurs against FDJ's Kevin Reza and was disqualified from the World Championships Road Race for hanging onto the Italian team car.

Reichenbach claims that other men in the peloton saw the incident and would testify against the Italian if needed. "Some riders were witnesses of what happened and are open to testify because this can't be overlooked. My team has supported me into taking this to the authorities."

In absence of any other images of the incident, the rider makes a call to the public of the race. "I hope someone has recorded this with their mobile phones because it is still a case of my word against his."

Reichenbach's lawyer Johnny Maeschalck stated that the law applies to everybody. "The law doesn't end at the door of the stadium," he explained in sports terms. "The normal rules of criminal and civil law also apply to sports. It's unusual, but if a rider thinks he has been injured on purpose, he has the right to go to court.

"He will have to prove it. Recorded images would be ideal, but photos and testimonies may suffice."

Moscon claimed that Reichenbach slid from the handlebars and fell on his own, but this case is also being investigated by the UCI.
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