Watch: Elia Viviani's lead-out man veers off the road after finishing his effort

Great commitment

The last thing any sprinter wants is for their lead-out man to do a great job getting them into a great position, before not swinging off properly, slowing them down in the process.

Thankfully there was no chance of that happening to Elia Viviani at the Vuelta a San Juan, when one of his lead-out men veered off the road completely so as not to get in the way of his team leader.

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The incident took place on stage four of the Vuelta a San Juan, with Viviani having two team-mates in front of him going into the final kilometre.

Perhaps exhausted from his effort, the first rider peels off to the left, leaving a trail of dust as he runs across the shoulder of the road, before disappearing off camera into the undergrowth to an unknown fate.

Unfortunately for Viviani and his lead-out man, the effort was not enough to win the stage, with Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) taking the stage victory.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.