Tokyo Olympics: GB’s males’s crew pursuit reign involves controversial finish with Denmark crash


Nice Britain’s reign as Olympic champions within the males’s crew pursuit got here to a controversial finish throughout Tuesday’s semi-final with Denmark at Tokyo 2020.

Hope of a fourth straight gold ended with a weird crash attributable to Danish rider Frederik Madsen, who reacted angrily regardless of being at fault.

That got here after GB had referred to as for the Danes to be disqualified from the occasion over a separate situation and GB veteran Ed Clancy introduced his sudden retirement.

A crew pursuit is technically over if one crew catches one other on monitor however Madsen rode straight into the again of Clancy’s alternative Charlie Tanfield having not seen the GB rider.

Biking’s governing physique, the UCI, deliberated for half an hour earlier than saying that Denmark would advance to Wednesday’s last towards Italy, whereas GB’s males will miss out on a crew pursuit medal for the primary time in six Video games.

Denmark go unpunished regardless of ‘heated debate’

British Biking efficiency director Stephen Park additionally confirmed they have been one in every of “a number of” groups to name for the Danes to be penalised for using unlawful gear in Monday’s qualifying session.

The world champions wore plasters on their shins in a bid to enhance their aerodynamics, whereas apparently sporting undervests which had not been correctly registered in time.

Park mentioned that at a gathering of groups earlier than Tuesday’s biking session, the UCI confirmed the gear couldn’t be used for the remainder of the competitors however indicated there can be no retroactive punishment, regardless of guidelines saying a crew ought to face elimination in such circumstances.

“There was a reasonably heated debate about whether or not the UCI have been or weren’t going to use their very own guidelines about [the tape] and about undervests,” Park mentioned.

Denmark riders during qualifying for the men's team pursuit at Tokyo 2020

“A variety of the groups, together with ourselves, have gone to very large lengths to verify we’re authorized and have checked each single merchandise with the UCI, as required by the laws earlier than we received right here.

“Not surprisingly, us and them are fairly dissatisfied that now there are groups turning up utilizing undervests that aren’t a part of the gear registered.”

Instantly after the crash, Madsen, 23, shouted at Tanfield because the British rider lay on the within of the monitor and swore in the direction of his personal team-mates as he walked away.

Tanfield, 24, was solely racing after being referred to as as much as change Clancy, the one ever-present for GB’s three males’s crew pursuit titles.

The 36-year-old rode in Monday’s qualifying session however introduced his retirement earlier than Tuesday’s semi-final after the recurrence of a again harm.

Danish rider Frederik Madsen shouts at Charlie Tanfield after crashing into the GB rider

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