A photo from today’s opening stage of the Tour of the Mediterranean. Saur-Sojasun’s Laurent Mangel got in the winning breakaway of six riders and thought the sprint was his. But he didn’t count on French champion Thomas Voeckler, the Europcar rider threw his bike for the line just as Mangel sat up. Voeckler won the stage and took the overall lead.
Moments like this happen a few times a year and I often find the images almost hard to look at. The rider was about to enjoy a moment of supreme triumph but the frown on their face says it all.