Video: Pro rider blows big win by celebrating far too early; ouch!

Posted on: August 27th, 2015

When you’ve romped away from the opposition to solo in to the finish in a major pro race, don’t start celebrating victory too early or you may be mugged. Just ask Daiva Tuslaite of Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi. She’s the rider beating her bars in the background of the photo.

 

It should have been one of the proudest moments of her life. Instead, Lithuanian road race champion Daiva Tuslaite was left with a series case of egg on face after snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

The Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi rider came home alone at the head of the field on stage 4 of the Trophee d’Or Feminin in France on Tuesday into Villequiers.

Both women were in the five-rider breakaway that stay away at the end of the 88.5km stage, which finished at the top of a short climb.

Tuslaite emerged best of the group in the attacking that characterised the final of the stage and sprinted up the last section of the ramp apparently bound for victory just seconds ahead of the others.

However, Anisha Vekemans of the Lotto-Soudal team had attacked the remains of the breakaway and was trying to catch the flying Lithuanian.

She would have failed in that quest had an over excited Tuslaite not thrown her two arms up in victory far too early, only to look on in horror as a delighted Vekemans stormed passed her to take her first win in a UCI-ranked race.

“The last turn was about one hundred metres before the finish,” the opportunist winner explained.

“I knew I had to be in second position after it and so I did, I moved up in the last 500 metres.

“The rider who was riding in front after the last turn raised her hands too soon, she thought she already reached the finish line. I was just getting next to her and noticed it, I kept sprinting.

“This is my first UCI victory and of course this makes me very happy. This win means the world to me. I don’t realize it completely yet, but tonight we’ll have a celebration.”

The 29-year-old runner up had ridden a fantastic race; taking 4th and 5th on stages 2 and 3 before her 2nd place on Tuesday’s stage 4.

She would finish 6th on the final stage yesterday, Wednesday, to round out the race the winner of the points classification, 3rd in the climbers’ competition and 11th overall, though a stage win would have been very nice.

The clip below captures the finish line drama of the penultimate stage.

 

 

Early victory salute proves costly

 

 

 

 

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