Fans blast ‘cheating’ Danish cycling team for causing crash that saw Team GB knocked out of Olympics

Fans blast ‘cheating’ Danish cycling team for causing crash that saw Team GB knocked out of Olympics

Furious followers have known as for Denmark to be kicked out of the lads’s cycling team pursuit on the Olympics after a Danish rider smashed into the again of a Team GB bike owner earlier than screaming ‘f*** them’ on the British team. 

The extraordinary conflict, which saw Team GB dumped out of the competitors whereas the Danes superior to the gold medal ultimate, got here simply hours after Denmark was accused of dishonest by sporting tape to make their riders go quicker. 

The Danes broke the Olympic report in qualifying on Monday however groups, together with Great Britain, complained concerning the shin tape and undervests they had been sporting, believing them to be unlawful. 

Cycling bosses agreed however determined to provide Denmark a warning somewhat than disqualifying them from the match in opposition to Team GB. 

The row then took one other flip right now as Danish rider Frederik Madsen ploughed into the again of Team GB‘s Charlie Tanfield earlier than screaming ‘f*** them’ on the British team.

Tanfield, the late substitute for Ed Clancy, had been left behind by his British team-mates and was using alone – nonetheless within the race – when he was hit from behind by Madsen.

A livid Madsen, who wasn’t trying the place he was going because the lead rider, then jumped to his toes and angrily stood over Tanfield earlier than screaming abuse at Team GB – forcing BBC commentators to apologise for his language. 

He later apologised for his outburst and informed MailOnline: ‘I knew that we had been getting near TeamGB however half a lap earlier than I hit Charlie I saw him after which all of a sudden he was proper in entrance of me and I couldn’t react.

‘I used to be so drained that level I did not know if he was 10 or 20 metres away. I hope Charlie is okay. It’s terrible for this to occur at an Olympic semi-final.

‘There had been so many feelings working via me. I used to be not shouting at Charlie. I used to be shouting in frustration. I didn’t say something at Charlie.

‘I shouted as a result of I used to be annoyed. Not at Charlie however on the scenario. I’m not on the Olympics to run into somebody and crash. I didn’t wish to be on the bottom. I simply hope Charlie is okay.’

After a delay, cycling bosses introduced Denmark can be allowed to maneuver onto the gold medal match in opposition to Italy, dashing British hopes and resulting in extra calls to disqualify the Danes.

The end result additionally ends Britain’s domination of the occasion, with Team GB successful the final three Olympic gold medals in team pursuit. 

Discussing the controversial shin tape, livid British Cycling efficiency director Stephen Park mentioned: ‘Do I believe they need to be disqualified? I do not assume there may be any various. The guidelines are clear. It says you can not apply one thing to the pores and skin. They have utilized one thing to the pores and skin. 

Denmark's Frederik Madsen (top) bizarrely ploughed into Team GB's Charlie Tanfield (bottom) during the men's cycling pursuit

Denmark’s Frederik Madsen (prime) bizarrely ploughed into Team GB’s Charlie Tanfield (backside) in the course of the males’s cycling pursuit

Madsen then jumped to his feet and appeared to shout abuse at Tanfield - despite being the one who caused the crash

Madsen then jumped to his toes and appeared to shout abuse at Tanfield – regardless of being the one who precipitated the crash

Madsen (right), who wasn't looking where he was going, crashed into the back of Tanfield, sending both riders sprawling

Madsen (proper), who wasn’t trying the place he was going, crashed into the again of Tanfield, sending each riders sprawling

Madsen confronted Tanfield before the Dane was heard screaming 'f*** them' at the British team shortly after the crash

Madsen confronted Tanfield earlier than the Dane was heard screaming ‘f*** them’ on the British team shortly after the crash

‘It says within the particular rule that in the event you break that rule, your possibility is for being eradicated or disqualified, in order that they don’t have any possibility. There is little question in anybody else’s thoughts that it’s deliberate.’

Park has not dominated out submitting an additional authorized problem after they’ve raced in opposition to Denmark right now.

He mentioned: ‘We should contemplate whether or not there may be any additional motion that we have to take, if we consider, when our authorized advisers have regarded on the paperwork, that the UCI simply have not adopted their very own guidelines or not.’

Denmark’s Olympic observe cyclists right now claimed they had been ‘solely following orders’ once they donned unlawful pores and skin tape in a bid enhance their efficiency on the Tokyo2020.

Danish team pursuit rider Niklas Larsen informed MailOnline: ‘We do what our team managers inform us to do. And these questions are for our team supervisor.’

Lead rider Madsen mentioned: ‘We do not know something concerning the pores and skin tape.. We simply get on our bikes and experience our race.

‘That’s the one factor we’re concentrating about. That’s the one job we now have.

‘We do not know all the pieces about our tools.’

Denmark’s head of cycling Marten Bennekou added: ‘We didn’t attempt to cheat. We use pores and skin tape for the prevention of accidents, within the knees and the shin.

Why does shin tape give cyclists a bonus and what do the principles say? 

The Danish males’s pursuit team triggered fury on the Olympics in spite of everything 4 cyclists had been noticed sporting the identical tape on their shins throughout qualifying. 

The tape, referred to as kinesiology tape, was positioned on their shins, from the throughout the sock to only beneath the knee. Kinesiology tape is commonly used to help muscular tissues and joints – nevertheless on this case was utilized to all 4 Danish riders in the identical place. 

According to Cycling News, the place of the tape might give the Danes an unfair benefit. 

The tape would ‘journey the airflow’, creating turbulence with the onrushing air in the course of the race. This would enhance the aerodynamic efficiency of the riders by reducing drag and serving to airflow keep hooked up for longer. 

The impact is claimed to be akin to the riders sporting excessive socks. In 2019, the UCI launched a sock top rule to make sure clothes is used solely as clothes and for security, and never as a efficiency profit.

It was steered that the Danish team utilized the tape to avoid this rule.  

The rule states:  ‘Items of clothes could not modify the morphology of the rider and any non-essential ingredient or system, of which the aim is just not completely that of clothes or safety, is forbidden. This shall additionally apply concerning any materials or substance utilized onto the pores and skin or clothes and which isn’t itself an merchandise of clothes.’  

‘For that motive we ask the race Commissars panel six hours earlier than the race if it might be okay to make use of it. We acquired the permission and we used it.

‘After the race there was a grievance from GB. Then the commissars panel informed us to not use it once more.

‘We didn’t attempt to cheat. We requested for permission and it was granted.

‘It would have been silly to attempt to cheat as a result of it’s apparent. It is fairly simple to see, you can not disguise it.’

Reacting to the crash, one fan wrote on Twitter: ‘Denmark ought to be disqualified. Ploughed into GB bike owner. Can’t enable that.’

Another mentioned: ‘How Denmark have not been disqualified is a thriller! Very unlikable cycling team.’ 

While a 3rd wrote: ‘Denmark ought to be disqualified. What disgraceful behaviour shouting over Charlie Tanfield when he was down.’ 

Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy mentioned the blame for the crash was clear, although he stopped brief of calling for the Danes to be disqualified. 

He mentioned: ‘As the lead rider within the team, you at all times need to hold your eyes on the team you are pursuing. It’s known as the pursuit for good motive. He clearly wasn’t trying.

‘Charlie Tanfield did the appropriate factor in staying behind and on the black line, that was the Danish rider’s fault.’

The Danes broke the Olympic report in qualifying on Monday however groups, together with Great Britain, complained concerning the shin tape and undervests they had been sporting, believing them to be unlawful.

Cycling’s rule makers, the UCI, banned Denmark from sporting the tape and vests for the race with Team GB for a spot within the gold medal race.

However, regardless of the UCI admitting they’ve breached laws, they solely issued the Danes with a warning, not a disqualification.

There was additional intrigue concerning the undervests worn by Denmark, which guidelines state should be in the stores publicly at first of the Olympic yr. 

Team GB declare that the web site promoting the undervest was up to date within the final 24 hours to make it seem that it was for sale sooner than it was.

‘There was some debate over whether or not or not they did or did not have to be registered,’ added Park. 

‘The relevance of that was whether or not it was for aerodynamic acquire or not and whether or not it was out there for sale.

‘Unfortunately to the primary level, the merchandise in query, which is a HUUB garment, is definitely marketed as an aerodynamic undervest, so there may be little doubt as as to if or not it’s there for aerodynamic functions or not.

‘There can be a query as a result of none of the groups consider it was for sale on January 1, significantly as a quantity of groups have researched into the supply code of the web site and located that it was really printed in May.

‘The info referring to the package being out there on January 1 was solely added within the final 24 hours.’  

Tanfield was a last-minute addition to the Team GB event after three-time gold medallist Ed Clancy pulled out after aggravating his back on Tuesday

Tanfield was a last-minute addition to the Team GB occasion after three-time gold medallist Ed Clancy pulled out after aggravating his again on Tuesday

Madsen was behind Tanfield when he smashed into the Team GB rider - before leaping to his feet and looming over the Brit

Madsen was behind Tanfield when he smashed into the Team GB rider – earlier than leaping to his toes and looming over the Brit

After a delay, cycling bosses then announced Denmark would be allowed to move onto the gold medal match against Italy, dashing British hopes and leading to more calls to disqualify the Danes

After a delay, cycling bosses then introduced Denmark can be allowed to maneuver onto the gold medal match in opposition to Italy, dashing British hopes and resulting in extra calls to disqualify the Danes

Yesterday, Denmark broke the Olympic record while wearing shin tape and undervests (pictured above) to give them an aerodynamic advantage in qualifying

Yesterday, Denmark broke the Olympic report whereas sporting shin tape and undervests (pictured above) to provide them an aerodynamic benefit in qualifying

GB appealed about Denmark's kit overnight and the UCI agreed it breached regulations. However, they gave the Danes a warning rather than disqualifying them

GB appealed about Denmark’s package in a single day and the UCI agreed it breached laws. However, they gave the Danes a warning somewhat than disqualifying them

Gold medal winner Chris Boardman questioned the validity of Denmark's kit on Monday

Gold medal winner Chris Boardman questioned the validity of Denmark’s package on Monday 

Yet some users online did not agree with Boardman, pointing towards GB's superior finances

Yet some customers on-line didn’t agree with Boardman, pointing in the direction of GB’s superior funds 

The Danish team were given a warning yet were not disqualified by cycling's governing body

The Danish team got a warning but weren’t disqualified by cycling’s governing physique 

The row comes amid one other profitable day in Tokyo for Team GB, as they added two crusing gold medals to deliver their whole to 13 – and leapfrog the Russian Olympic Committee into fifth within the general medal desk. 

The first gold medal got here in essentially the most dramatic conceivable circumstances, with Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell taking the 49er males’s skiff title by inches.

Then Giles Scott proved himself one of Britain’s best ever sailors ever by successful his second Olympic title within the Finn.

Meanwhile, again within the Velodrome, within the girls’s team pursuit ultimate, Laura Kenny was stopped from turning into the primary British girl to win gold at three Olympics after Team GB misplaced to the Germans.

Her husband Jason Kenny equalled fellow bike owner Bradley Wiggins’ tally of eight medals when he received silver within the team dash, making him the joint most profitable British Olympian.

John Gimson and Anna Burnet earned Britain’s third crusing medal of the day with silver within the combined Nacra 17, and diver Jack Laugher received bronze within the males’s 3m springboard.

Team GB have additionally assured their greatest boxing medal haul for 101 years, after Galal Yafai defeated Yosvany Veitia 4-1 to achieve the flyweight semi-finals. 

It means Team GB have now received six medals in boxing on this Olympics – bettering the 5 they received in London 2012 – solely crushed by their haul within the 1920 Games.

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