A PRO cyclist made a complete fool of himself by celebrating a Giro d’Italia stage victory four MILES prematurely.
Slovenian Luka Pibernik was riding stage five of the three-week grand tour in Sicily.
And with the latest leg of the race looping round Messina, the Bahrain-Merida rider made a break for the line with the peloton setting itself up for the bunch sprinters.
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But it appears Pibernik did NOT read the road book, bizarrely crossing the line and celebrating, despite the fact that there was another four-mile loop of the finishing course to go in the Sicilian city.
The 23-year-old held his arms aloft and stopped pedalling, thinking he had won.
Yet he clearly was not paying attention, as there was a finishing line bell ringing loudly, indicating another lap to go.
And when he looked over his shoulder to see a beckoning peloton in full-steam mode, Pibernik appeared to just give up hopes of winning the stage.
Four miles later, Fernando Gavaria of Quick Step Floors won the stage, with a perfectly timed bunch sprint.
At least some fellow pro riders were giving him some banter on Twitter.
Sprinter Theo Bos tweeted: “Congrats Luka! Beautiful win!
“At least, for a brief moment he knows what it feels like winning in a stage on a grand tour.”
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Ironically, the attention should have been – and otherwise was – on Pibernik’s Bahrain-Merida team-mate Vincenzo Nibali.
The ‘Shark of Messina’ has won the Giro twice, as well as the 2014 Tour de France and was mobbed outside his team bus by adoring fans.
Brits Geraint Thomas and Adam Yates remain in second and third respectively on Giro general classification going into stage six, which will surely suit the sprinters again.