Life is a cruel and bitter mistress. One minute you’re on top of the world, the sun is shining, the birds are singing and you’re Centrelink payment just went through. The next you’re staring into the gutter, watching the ice cream cone you literally just bought float away down a stream of empty promises and regret as rain begins to pelt your face. Can you tell I’ve had a rough Friday?
Just ask Slovenian cyclist Luka Pibernik about the harsh realities of life. Luka started celebrating what he thought was an impressive win on stage five of the Giro D’Italia, but soon discovered there was still one more lap to go.
The 23-year-old Bahrain-Merida team rider was understandably stoked when he thought he wrapped up a 159-kilometre ride by finishing first, throwing his arms up in celebration like a drunk girl at a nightclub who’s favourite song just came on.
Unfortunately for old mate, he failed to notice that there was a bloke nearby ringing a bell which indicates that there was still another 6.2km lap to go around Messina before the stage completed.
Luka had to fall back to the rest of the pack, presumably feeling like a bit of a dick, and proceeded to finish 20 seconds adrift from the rest of the pack in 148th place.
Colombia’s Fernando Gaviria won the actual sprint finish a lap later, while his Quick-Step teammate Bob Jungels remained in the overall lead.
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