Sir Bradley Wiggins has called the Tour de Yorkshire a "tough day's racing" after pulling out with less than 26km to go, saying he needs to focus on the Olympics.
The 2012 Tour de France winner, who turned 36 on Thursday, praised the atmosphere on the route and the people who came to see the cycling race, adding: "I really appreciate it."
He didn't give a reason for his withdrawal as such but posted across his social media accounts saying: "I'm gutted not to join you this weekend but Rio needs to take priority."
Fans hoping to catch a glimpse of Wiggo took to social media to share their disappointment that they wouldn't see the Olympic champion, although they kinda understood why.
The opening stage of the Tour de Yorkshire was won by LottoNL-Jumbo's Dylan Groenewegen in Settle.