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by Shane Stokes
September 5, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Viviani wins stage two of the Tour of Britain after Boasson-Hagen relegated; Boasson Hagen responds to relegation; Phinney disqualified from Tour of Britain; Dennis out of Vuelta, Frankiny also forced to withdraw; UCI rejects criticism of hidden motor tests, but Stade 2 report raises important questions; Haig extends with Orica-Scott; Gilbert and Van Avermaet named as leaders for Belgian world championship squad; Starting the Race to the Rock with a huge handicap; Tech: Wattbike launches new indoor trainer for home users; Video: Red Hook Crit Barcelona; Video: Orica-Scott Backstage pass from stage 15 of the Vuelta a España; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Boels Rental Ladies Tour, highlights day 6; Video: When roadies go off-road
Cannondale-Drapac rider Taylor Phinney’s preparations for the world road race championships have taken a knock after the American was ruled out of the Tour of Britain. He revealed on social media that he had been ejected from the race on Monday as a result of a split-second decision made during stage two.
“So, I’ve been disqualified from the Tour of Britain for crossing a railway while the gates were coming down,” he said via Twitter. “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.”
Phinney’s disqualification will be a disappointment to his fans and his team, as well as to himself. However he has accepted the decision. “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.”
His Tour of Britain had started on a dud note with food poisoning causing him to lose almost six and a half minutes on Sunday. He has not yet indicated what his next race will be.