In recognition of Simon Clarke's mistaken Giro d'Italia victory celebration, we collect together some finish line howlers

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.

Rohan Dennis wins Stage 3 of the Amgen Tour of California, San Jose to Mt. Diablo.

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

Chris Horner and Levi Leipheimer, Tour of California 2011, stage seven

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

Phillip Walsleben wins under-23 cyclo-cross event

Museeuw tribute: Phillip Walsleben shows us his muddy shoes in an under-23 cyclo-cross race

Frank Schleck wins stage 17 of Tour de France 2009

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)

Mark Cavendish wins stage two of Tour de Romandie

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to the “journalists and commentators who know jack-sh*t about cycling” at the Tour de Romandie in 2010 led to him being withdrawn from the race by his team.

Thomas Voeckler

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’

Carlos Sastre, Tour de France 2003

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

Peter Sagan wins stage three of the 2012 Tour de France

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

Alexandre Vinokourov wins the Mens Olympic Road Race

No comment: Alexandre Vinokourov’s celebration at winning the London 2012 Olympic Games men’s road race is fine, but…

Jean-Christophe Peraud crashes after the finish line on Stage Four of the 2013 Tour of the Basque Country

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 on stage seventeen at the 2013 Giro d'Italia

Ramunas Navardauskas hadn’t realised that Giovanni Visconti had actually won the stage 19 seconds before

Chris Froome wins stage fifteen of the 2013 Tour de France

Staying alive: Chris Froome’s Bee Gees tribute after winning stage 15 of the 2013 Tour de France

Alberto Contador wins Stage 4 of the 2014 Tirreno-Adriatico from Nairo Quintana and Daniel Moreno

Alberto Contador gives his ‘pistolero’ salute winning stage four of the 2014 Tirreno-Adriatico. It’s about time he ran out of bullets

And the classic finish line mishap…

 

  • diegodg

    Somebody was extremely embittered making this recollections. Faux pass?. Most of this are perfectly legit wins both from sport and style point of view. The implications of some of your comments are at best distasteful, much in the line of Henderson’s comments to Aru this year. Completely lacking sensibility to human condition.

  • Julian Dean

    You missed the Judith Arndt “You’re #1 in my book” finish line salute.

  • Chris

    Timmy Dugan flexing his “biceps” at the USA national road race championship in 2012

  • Sophie Camp

    Best bad finish has to be Giro d’Italia 2007: when the finish line turned into a slip’n’slide and all the riders had a go on it (whether they wanted to or not)

    http://youtu.be/3jeB9_VmkNc