Road cyclists will often raise their arms in celebration 100 metres or so from the finish line, but Luka Pibernik took that a step further on the fifth stage of the Giro d’Italia.
The 23-year-old Slovenian was leading ahead of what he thought was the finish, but in fact there were still six kilometres to go.
That awkward moment when you celebrate too early ?
— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) May 10, 2017
Reports after the race suggested that Pibernik’s radio battery had gone flat – the result was that the peleton swept past, and poor Luka finished 148th, 20 seconds off the pace of stage winner Fernando Gaviria.
— Giro d'Italia (@giroditalia) May 10, 2017
You’ve got to feel for the guy.
What was Pibernik doing in the #girodeitalia2017? Thought he'd won but a lap to go!
— Andrew Greaves (@AndrewGreaves84) May 10, 2017
— pro cycling trumps (@procycletrumps) May 10, 2017
Remember alternative facts? It’s back, this time in sports form!
— daniel mcmahon (@cyclingreporter) May 10, 2017
We like five-time World Champion cyclist Theo Bos’ way of thinking.
At least, for a brief moment he knows what it feels like winning a stage in a grand tour.
— Theo Bos (@theo_bos) May 10, 2017
You’re a winner to us, Luka.
Pibernik will always be a winner to me.
— Edward Pickering (@EdwardPickering) May 10, 2017
We imagine he’ll be waiting for the confirmed results before he next raises his arms in celebration.