You’ve just won your first ever bike race as a professional so the obvious thing to do is to announce yourself to the cycling public and celebrate in front of the TV cameras.
That is what Giant-Alpecin‘s Max Walscheid did when he rode to victory on stage three of the Tour of Hainan, subsequently taking the lead in the Chinese race.
Celebrating his stage win, Walscheid rolled beyond the finish line and gave a clenched fist to the cameras, but as he was doing so Lampre-Merida’s Matej Mohoric clipped his rear wheel and went spinning in the air, landing on his back.
Walschied realised what had happened and rode back towards Mohoric – who won the junior and U23 road race world championships in 2012 and 2013 – and gave the Slovenian a pat on the back, with the 22-year-old apparently unharmed and back on his bike.
German Walschied, 23, is in his first year as a neo-pro for Giant-Alpecin and was one of six riders injured during a training camp in Calpe in January, requiring surgeries on his tibia and thumb.
He’ll just have to remember to watch who’s behind him the next time he celebrates.