By Nigel Wynn
Taylor Phinney (Cannondale-Drapac) was disqualified from the 2017 Tour of Britain on Monday after entering a railway level crossing during as the gates were closing during stage two of the race.
Phinney issued an apology directly after the stage, saying that he was sorry for the incident.
"So, I've been disqualified from the Tour of Britain for crossing a railway while the gates were coming down," Phinney wrote on 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."
"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."
The Tour of Britain race jury acted on UCI rules when eliminating Phinney.
UCI rules regarding the navigation of level crossings during races were revised for 2016 after an incident during the 2015 edition of Paris-Roubaix, when riders skipped a level crossing barrier during the race, causing French train operator SNCF to file a complaint with police.
UCI road racing regulation 2.3.034 states: "It shall be strictly forbidden to cross level crossings when the barrier is down or closing, the warning signal ringing or flashing. Apart from risking the penalty for such an offence as provided by law, offending riders shall be eliminated from the competition by the commissaires."
Phinney's incident was not the only one during stage two of the Tour of Britain that was considered by the race jury. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) was relegated from first place to 109th after the jury ruled he had deviated from his line in the final sprint.
Subsequently, Elia Viviani (Team Sky) was given the stage win and took the overall race lead.
Tweets of the week: Evie Richards tries skateboarding, Alex Dowsett's puncture nightmare and more
Here's a selection of our favourite tweets from the last seven days
By Alex Ballinger •
Lezyne Macro Drive 1300XXL review
A quality option that offers up a greater battery life than the competition and produces a wide beam that helps keep your peripheral vision informed
By Michelle Arthurs-Brennan •
Agonising Tour de France loss spurred Jack Bauer to Tour of Britain stage victory
Jack Bauer says he learnt a lot from being caught on the line on stage 15 of the 2014 Tour de France, and took victory from the breakaway in Thursday's Tour of Britain stage
By Sophie Hurcom •
Jack Bauer wins Tour of Britain stage five as breakaway only just stays away
The breakaway stays away by less than 10 metres, with Jack Bauer taking the win on stage five of the Tour of Britain
By Stuart Clarke •
Alex Dowsett loses Tour of Britain lead on stage seven in Brighton
Julien Vermote takes the victory for Omega Pharma-Quick Step, Dylan Van Baarle now leads.
By Nick Bull •
Garmin-Sharp look for Tour of Britain "opportunities"
Stage wins rank higher than finishing on the podium for the American team.
By Nick Bull •