When the barriers descended on a level crossing with 87km to go in Paris-Roubaix, several riders ignored them and shot across just seconds before a high-speed TGV came thundering past. According to race rules, these riders should have faced disqualification, but the chief commissaire Guy Dobbelaere later announced that no riders would be sanctioned. “It wasn’t possible for the leading riders to stop sufficiently safely,” he said. “The peloton was 10 metres away when the barrier started to close. By neutralising the race for a few moments to not penalise those who stopped, we respected the spirit of the rule.”
The train company has filed a formal complaint to the police.