Andre Greipel stripped of Tour of Britain win; has to take Tube to Heathrow

Riders are forced to take public transport to Heathrow Airport after stage eight of the Tour of Britain

Riders take the Underground to the airport (Photo: Twitter/@s_kruijswijk)

Not much went well for Andre Greipel after he crossed the finish line on stage eight of the Tour of Britain.

Having crossed the line first, Greipel was soon relegated for deviating from his sprinting line and moving Team Sky's Elia Viviani toward the barriers.

Then, with flights out of the country reportedly booked quite soon after the finish time, Greipel and other riders were forced to take the London Underground to Heathrow Airport.

Riders stayed Saturday night at a hotel near the airport, meaning they had to travel around the Capital after stage seven, which finished in Ipswich. This transfer caused consternation among some riders, including Greipel.

LottoNL-Jumbo rider Steven Kruijswijk, who finished seventh overall, tweeted a picture of riders on the Tube, with Greipel just visible on the left of the picture through the arm of the chap in the brown jacket.

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The tall guy, presumably, is Greipel's leadout man Marcel Sieberg who stands at 1.98m and somehow managed to stand upright in the cramped carriage.

Greipel doesn't look in a particularly good mood, from what you can see from his face. Let's hope he didn't forget his passport...

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.