In recognition of Simon Clarke's mistaken Giro d'Italia victory celebration, we collect together some finish line howlers
Mark Cavendish wins stage two of Tour de Romandie
When Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge) crossed the line in the chase group on stage four of the 2015 Giro d’Italia he thrust his arms in the air like he’d won the stage. Only he hadn’t, as Italian Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Garmin) had won it 22 seconds before the Australian.
Clarke isn’t alone in committing a finish-line faux pas. Here we collect together some of the most offensive finishes in the history of professional cycling.
Let us know if we’ve missed any out.
Zip it: Rohan Dennis wins stage three of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California. It was hot, and he has a lovely necklace, but Dennis really should have taken a moment to sort himself out
In a show of brotherly solidarity, RadioShack’s Chris Horner and Levi Leipheimer held hands over the line on stage seven of the 2011 Tour of California
Museeuw tribute: Phillip Walsleben shows us his muddy shoes in an under-23 cyclo-cross race
Synchronised Schlecks: Alberto Contador went on to win the race overall despite the Schlecks’ awesome gun show after Frank won stage 17 of the 2009 Tour. At least it stopped Contador whipping his pistol out (see below)
Up yours: Mark Cavendish’s touching tribute to the “journalists and commentators who know jack-sh*t about cycling” at the Tour de Romandie in 2010 led to him being withdrawn from the race by his team.
Tuck yourself in: Thomas Voeckler’s tongue is enjoying a rare moment in his mouth but his stomach is on display, you can see why he’s the ‘French housewives’ favourite’
What a dummy: Carlos Sastre, Tour de France 2003. Dedicating the win to your newborn is one thing, popping in a sweaty dummy at the line is another
Running man: Some think Peter Sagan’s finish-line antics are great, but his Forrest Gump tribute on stage three of the 2012 Tour pushed it a bit
No comment: Alexandre Vinokourov’s celebration at winning the London 2012 Olympic Games men’s road race is fine, but…
Bike surfing: Torrential rain and a slippery finish area meant that Jean-Christophe Peraud invented a whole new sport on stage four of the 2013 Tour of the Basque Country
Ramunas Navardauskas hadn’t realised that Giovanni Visconti had actually won the stage 19 seconds before
Staying alive: Chris Froome’s Bee Gees tribute after winning stage 15 of the 2013 Tour de France
Alberto Contador gives his ‘pistolero’ salute winning stage four of the 2014 Tirreno-Adriatico. It’s about time he ran out of bullets