Watch: Should Edvald Boasson Hagen have been relegated on stage two of the Tour of Britain?

Team Sky's Elia Viviani awarded victory after Norwegian is relegated

After crossing the line with his arms in the air, Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) found himself relegated down the order on stage two of the Tour of Britain, victory instead going to Elia Viviani (Team Sky).

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Given a good lead-out by Mark Renshaw, Boasson Hagen launched his sprint on the right-hand side of the central line down the middle of the road.

>>> Elia Viviani wins stage two of the Tour of Britain after Edvald Boasson Hagen disqualified

At the same time Viviani accelerated tight against the barriers on the left-hand side of the road, before Boasson Hagen moved across the road.

Boasson Hagen did not make contact with the Italian but did appear to put him a little closer to the barriers than he might have liked and causing him to ease off the pedals for a few seconds.

According to the UCI rules, riders can be penalised for “deviating from selected lane, endangering other riders” the punishment for which is relegation to last place in the stage, point classification penalty equal to the points awarded to the first place on the stage, 200 [Swiss Franc fine] and 30 seconds in general classification”.

This is different from the offence of “irregular sprinting” for which Peter Sagan was disqualified from the Tour de France after appearing to elbow Mark Cavendish.

On that occasion Sagan’s team unsuccessfully appealed against the decision of the race jury, but it seems unlikely that Dimension Data will do the same.

Taylor Phinney (Cannondale-Drapac) was disqualified from stage two of the Tour of Britain for crossing a railway line as the gates were closing. He later tweeted an apology for the incident, saying “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.”