In an Olympics that has seen badminton players disqualified for throwing matches and boxers being given favor on the strength of bribes, we have yet another controversy, this time in cycling.
At the start of the men's cycling track final, British biker Philip Hindes noticed he was falling behind. Conveniently he "crashed," leading to a race restart and his eventual victory. After the race Hindes had this to say:
"I just crashed, I did it on purpose to get a restart, just to have the fastest ride. I did it. So it was all planned, really,"
In a not at all suspicious turn of events, he amended his comments to say that he lost control of his bike.
The IOC later cleared the British cycling team, stating that "best efforts were made." Apparently they've changed the definition of "best efforts," because getting a race to restart just because you're losing doesn't exactly seem like that to us.