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Hannah Barnes frustrated at demotion to second

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The race went down to a photo finish (©GettyImages)
The race went down to a photo finish (©GettyImages).

British cyclist Hannah Barnes has revealed her disappointment at being denied victory for celebrating too early at the IG London Nocturne.

The victory was awarded to compatriot Laura Trott in a photo finish despite it appearing that Barnes was the rider in the lead.

Indeed, organisers admitted that Barnes did cross the line in first place but had broken the rules as she was celebrating while close to riders who were in the process of being lapped.

Barnes told BBC Sport: "The photo finish shows that I won. But there's some kind of regulation that you can't take both arms off handlebars to win, which is crazy because every single cyclist does that when they win a race. 

"If it stands that I stay second after taking my hands off the bars then so be it. It's a bit annoying and I'm probably never going to do it again."

Barnes also revealed that the team are still looking at contesting the decision from last Saturday’s race.

The Maxifuel Pro Cycling rider had won the event for the last two years but she was demoted to finish behind double Olympic champion Trott. Another Brit, Dani King, came third.

Tom Scully won the men’s race beating Alex Dowsett and Dean Downing to top the podium at London’s Smithfield Market.

 

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