The BBC has come in for criticism following its coverage of the Olympic men’s cycling race over the weekend, which was beset by a string of technical problems.

Angry viewers took to Twitter to vent their frustration over poor sound quality and mistakes made by commentators during the broadcast.

One user called the coverage “embarrassingly bad” while another said it was “absolutely appalling” and criticised the corporation for its lack of time checks and “misidentified riders”.

Others complained that riders who finished low down were credited as having come third, fourth and fifth.

A BBC spokesman said that a lot of the problems arose as a result of the Outside Broadcast Service, who covered the race.

“The pictures are provided by the host broadcaster OBS to all global rights holders, these are not BBC produced pictures,” the spokesman explained.

“We have raised our concerns with OBS who have explained that there were GPS problems with the Locog supplied timing graphics, which resulted in a lack of information for the commentary teams.”

The International Olympic Committee has also said that spectators sending a high volume of tweets and texts during the race also caused problems for the OBS by jamming mobile networks.

Similar problems were reported during Sunday’s coverage of the women’s race, which saw Lizzie Armitstead win silver for Team GB, giving them their first medal of the competition.