Frederik Madsen, lead driver of the Danish team, collided with Charlie Tanfield of the GB team, who had replaced Ed Clancy for the race.
Three-time Olympic champion Clancy withdrew from racing earlier today, announcing his retirement from track cycling following a back injury.
Madsen was leading the Danish squad and watching the black tape on the track, instead of getting up, and didn’t realize Tanfield had let the British squad down.
Madsen was then pictured standing over Tanfield and heard him swear at him, despite being responsible for the crash, before storming off the track.
It was the second crash of the day that the GB team were involved in, with Katie Archibald and Neah Evans colliding after coming together to celebrate their world record to reach the women’s team pursuit final.
The collision with Denmark marked a dramatic third day for the cycle track medal events.
The Danish team were already at the center of some controversy, with teams including Great Britain unhappy with the shin tape and undershirts worn by the team.
Despite the fall, Denmark advanced to the final, where they face Italy on Wednesday.
The result marks Team GB’s latest change of power in Denmark in the men’s team pursuit.
The GB team won the event at the Rio 2016 Olympics, setting a world record of 3: 50.265 in the process.
The victory was part of a hugely successful match, which saw them leave Rio with six gold, four silver and one bronze.
However, the Danish men’s pursuit team set a new world record of 3: 44.672 in February 2020 and then finished first in qualifying in Tokyo on Monday with a new Olympic record of 3: 45.014.
Dan Bigham, an aerodynamics expert who rode for the GB team but now works with Danish cyclists, told Reuters he expects new world records to be set in Tokyo.
“I expect it to go for both men and women,” Bigham said.
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