A young Irish cycling fan has apologised to Marcel Kittel for taking a selfie with him after he had collapsed to the ground following his Giro d'Italia stage win.
David McCarthy has been criticised on social media and cycling websites for the photo and has apologised for his actions following the stage in Dublin.
The youngster sent a message to Irish cyclist and Irish Independent diarist Nicolas Roche to apologise for the poorly timed photograph.
Roche posted the message on twitter saying: "I know @davidmccarthy12 he is a nice kid. He has just send me this post to tweet. @marcelkittel."
The message reads: "To marcel and the people I offended by taking the selfie I apologise. I did not think the photo would cause such hate towards me and cause offence.
"I got excited after the finish to see marcel and wanted a photo and in hindsight looking back I understand the time and place was complete wrong. My sincere apologies."