New Hampshire native and bike racer Ted King was disqualified from the Tour de France on Tuesday after missing the time cut by seven seconds in the Stage 4 team time trial.
King was racing with a separated shoulder and had fallen behind his Cannondale teammates in the first kilometer of the 25k course. He was unable to hold the aerodynamic tuck position due to the injury, yet averaged more than 28 mph on his own riding a road bike with clip-on aero bars.
King sustained the injury in a crash at the chaotic end of Stage 1 on the French island of Corsica. On Saturday, minutes before the peloton was to arrive at the finish in a bunch sprint, a team bus was allowed to drive under the finish line timing bridge and became stuck.
Race officials contacted the teams by radio and told them the finish would be moved up the course. Officials soon after moved the finish back to the original location after the bus was dislodged, but it was too late. Surprised and confused, many of the teams scrambled to reposition themselves for the sprint, a number of accidents ensued, and King went down along with his teammate and many other racers.
On Sunday's and Monday's mountainous road stages, King finished with the "grupetto," a smaller group of mostly sprinters that dangles well behind the main pack (the "peloton") and works together to finish just under the time cut.
King's fans petitioned race officials on Twitter (#LetTedRide) to allow him to continue racing, but he was not allowed to start in Stage 5 in Cagnes-sur-Mer on Wednesday.
"It's been an emotional roller coaster for the last four days and especially the past 12 hours, they've been sickening," King told CyclingNews.com on Wednesday, after race judges refused to allow him to start Stage 5.
This was the King's first Tour de France.
Correction: An earlier version of this story misidentified where King was from.
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