Cannondale-Drapac rider Taylor Phinney has been disqualified from the Tour of Britain after he crossed a railway line while the gates were coming down midway through stage two.
So, I've been disqualified from the Tour of Britain for crossing a railway while the gates were coming down.
— Taylor Phinney (@taylorphinney) September 4, 2017
In a series of follow-up tweets, the American apologised for the incident.
“I was alone in the caravan of team cars coming back from a mechanical with 40k to go. The peloton had already passed through moments before.
“I'd like to apologize to the race organization, the police and my team. It was a split second decision not to get left behind by the race.
“I'm bummed but have to respect the rules and the law. Thank you to all the fans for cheering for me the last 2 days! Sorry I can't continue.”
In 2015, French rail company SNCF called for cyclists who rode through a closed level crossing during that year’s Paris-Roubaix to be prosecuted.
The UCI subsequently revised its rules and regulations. Where previously the rules had stated that riders mustn’t cross when a barrier was down, this was reworded to: “It shall be strictly forbidden to cross level crossings when the barrier is down or closing, the warning signal ringing or flashing."
Phinney does at least seem to be getting over his ejection in fine style. No idea how he pulled this one off at Piccadilly.
Drawing, writing, reflecting, planning. Just got a free beer in Manchester Piccadilly station. Life is good. On way back to Catalunya
— Taylor Phinney (@taylorphinney) September 5, 2017