Jay McCarthy (Tinkoff-Saxo) has his Tour of Denmark time trial run interrupted by a train at a level crossing

Tinkoff-Saxo pro Jay McCarthy endured an usual interruption during his Tour of Denmark stage five time trial on Friday: a train.

The course of the 13.6-kilometre time trial around Helsingør traversed a railway line, complete with level crossing. Just as Australian McCarthy drew up to the crossing, the gates closed and a train very slowly went past.

Adhering to the rules, McCarthy duly pulled up to a halt as the train went past and the barriers came back up. The incident was caught on film by spectator Jonas Hviid, who posted it on Twitter.

Luckily, McCarthy took it well, saying on Twitter: “It’s always fun getting stopped by a train in a TT. Lucky I wasn’t on anyway, ha ha”.

Despite the hold-up McCarthy was nowhere near last on the stage, finishing in 61st place and only one minute and 32 seconds behind surprise stage winner Mads Schmidt (Team Coloquick).

McCarthy’s Danish team-mate Christopher Juul Jensen won the race overall after placing second in the TT behind Schmidt and defending his lead in Saturday’s final stage.

Level crossings in races have proved to be a controversial issue this season, with a French train company filing a complaint against Paris-Roubaix organisers after riders jumped a closed crossing during the race in April. Then, a group of riders were filmed riding through a closed level crossing during the under-23 Tour of Flanders later the same month.

  • Jack Wolffe

    Not the point. What happens if the “yellow jersey” gets stopped for a minute at a train crossing?

  • Steve Badger

    But it could have happened to front runners that were in contention,,Ridiculous,…

  • Ed

    He only lost 20s and wasn’t in contention anyway.

  • Jack Wolffe

    How difficult can it be for race organisers to liaise with train operators? These are ProTour races, not your local 4th cat crit!