Team Sky rider Gianni Moscon has been banned from racing for six weeks after using racially abusive language towards FDJ rider Kevin Reza at the Tour de Romandie last Friday.
The 23-year-old Italian met with Team Sky senior management on Monday in Manchester where he was informed of his suspension and also ordered to attend a diversity awareness course.
Moscon, who has since apologised to the French rider, was also warned about his future conduct, with Team Sky insisting a repeat incident would result in his contract being terminated.
A statement on the Team Sky website read: “Following a disciplinary meeting with Team Sky concerning an incident at the Tour of Romandie, Gianni Moscon has been given a formal written warning and suspended from racing for six weeks. He will also attend a diversity awareness course.
“Gianni recognises that his behaviour was wrong and how seriously Team Sky take this kind of incident.
“He apologised to Kevin Reza after the stage and again to him and his team the following morning, and this apology was accepted.
“Gianni knows that there is no excuse for his behaviour and that any repeat will result in termination of his contract.”