Danish team pursuit rider explains angry confrontation with Team GB’s Charlie Tanfield after dramatic accident; British women hit the bridge while celebrating a new world record; The chaos of the velodrome; Disqualification from KOM? ; Olympic Silver + more on the live blog
Extraordinary scenes from the men’s track pursuit.
The Danish team point guard hits Charlie Tanfield directly – who was a last-minute addition to the # TeamGB quartet after Ed Clancy’s withdrawal earlier today.
– BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 3, 2021
Frederik Madsen gave some explanations for his lively actions in the aftermath of the Olympic Team Pursuit semi-final. The BBC was forced to apologize to viewers as the Dane was heard shouting “f *** them” and protested with the British runner sitting on the floor. Madsen was then seen throwing his kit against the ground in the Danish change area.
Madsen told reporters afterwards, probably helped by the fact that his team had their final spot confirmed at this point, that: “We are not doing anything in bad faith. I am so tired at this point. “He was ten or twenty yards away from me. I hope Charlie is okay. I wasn’t yelling at Charlie, just because of the situation.”
There was some debate as to which driver was at fault, with some saying Tanfield should not have been on this abandoned part of the track. However, Sir Chris Hoy said the blame rests solely with Madsen.
“As the leader of the team, you always have to keep your eyes on the team you are chasing. It’s called the chase for a good reason. He was clearly not looking. Charlie Tanfield made the good thing staying behind and on the black line, it was the Danish rider’s fault. “
The accident is not the only bone of contention between the nations … British Cycling’s performance director Stephen Park has called for the Danish team to be disqualified for its use of medical dressings for aerodynamic purposes. The gang had mysteriously disappeared for the semi-final …
The famous Danish team chase gang has disappeared. The wounds that were undoubtedly underneath seem to have healed. # Tokyo2020
– Michael Hutchinson (@Doctor_Hutch) August 3, 2021