GW Photoguy becomes Twitter hit

Fan lies in road in front of peloton to get a good photograph and becomes a Twitter hashtag

A fan takes a photo in front of the peloton in the 2014 Ghent-Wevelgem
(Image credit: Watson)

A suicidal amateur photographer has become an overnight sensation on Twitter after risking life and limb to get a picture of the peloton at Ghent-Wevelgem.

Several riders reacted angrily on Twitter upon seeing the picture, especially as there had been so many crashes in the race. Sky's Ian Stannard was stretchered off after ending up in a ditch, Andre Greipel crashed with 8.5km to go, and many other riders also hit the deck.

This incident however spawned a Twitter hashtag of #gwphotoguy as people photoshopped the man in to other situations.

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Simon Richardson
Simon Richardson

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. In that time he has written product reviews, features and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. Once an aspiring bike racer himself, he can still be seen at his club's evening races through the summer.