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  • 24 July 2014, 6:50

Glasgow 2014 cyclists in motorway gaffe

Police intervened after four members of Sri Lanka's Commonwealth Games team were spotted cycling down one of Scotland's busiest stretches of motorway.

Shocked motorists called police after seeing the athletes going for a ride down the M74, around 18 miles outside Glasgow, which is hosting the games over the next fortnight.

The intrepid quartet were eventually stopped in their tracks as they neared the exit for Motherwell and Hamilton, where officers informed them they were breaking the law.

The junction is close to Strathclyde Park, which hosts the triathlon events on Thursday and Sunday.

Police Scotland confirmed they had been called to a report of four cyclists on the M74 at Junction 6 shortly before midday.

A police spokeswoman said: "Police attended. Advice and assistance was given and the cyclists were advised to get off the road."

The spokeswoman confirmed they were from the Sri Lankan team taking part in Glasgow 2014 and said the bikes were loaded on to a team vehicle and they left the area.

During the Manchester Games in 2002, two Kenya cyclists travelled 17 miles down the M61 before being pulled over by police near Bolton.

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