Michael Matthews thought he had won stage two of the Tour of Poland – but it turns out he was a distant second in Warsaw.
The Australian Orica-GreenEDGE star edged a thrilling bunch sprint after the pack reeled in Polish breakaway duo Przemyslaw Kasperkiewicz and Bartlomiej Matysiak.
But Matthews, 23, didn’t realise that Omega Pharma-QuickStep’s Petr Vakoc was still out in front, riding home 21 seconds ahead of the Aussie.
As the 22-year-old Czech basked in the (real) glory of his first World Tour victory, Matthews (who has won two stages apiece at the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana) soon realised his error – much to the mirth of his rivals and fans alike.
It was Michael Matthews who gave the full, 1 fingered salute. Unfortunately he's only managed to come second. Epic fail.
— ByTheMin Cycling (@ByTheMinCycle) August 4, 2014
It is unclear whether Boris Vallee – the Belgian rider pipped to third by Matthews – also failed to realise that Vakoc was still out in front.
— Laurens van Rooijen (@bikejourno) August 4, 2014
Poor Michael - at least he was back in the saddle though, in his first race since pulling out of the Tour de France through injury.
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