Alaphilippe and other great blunders in cycling history

The Frenchman's mistake in the arrival of Liege-Bastogne-Liège joins other surprising episodes that have happened throughout the history of cycling.


Julian Alaphilippe's grotesque mistake in the final finish of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, where he celebrated the victory before Primoz Roglic passed him at the finish line (the Frenchman would also lose second place after closing Hirschi and Pogacar in the sprint) is the last episode of the great blunders that are remembered in the history of cycling. Below we review other similar episodes that have taken place in the great events of the calendar.

Fondriest took advantage of the fight between Criquelion and Bauer

Ronse's World Cup in 1988 left us an image that is already part of World Cup history when Maurizio Fondriest, Claude Criquelion and Steve Bauer played each other the final triumph. Bauer, who arrived behind Criquelion and Fondriest, was the first to launch the sprint and, during the arrival, the Canadian closed the Belgian, who when he went to the ground brushed Bauer's machine with his bicycle, slowing him down on the sprint. The third in contention, Maurizio Fondriest, took advantage of this circumstance to surpass both and thus proclaim himself the 1988 world champion.

Pedro Delgado's Luxembourg chrono in the 1989 Tour

Pedro Delgado arrived at the 1989 Tour de France as one of the great favorites after conquering the 1988 edition. However, the Tour was very uphill for the Segovian from the first stage when, due to an oversight, he started the Luxembourg time trial with 2:40 late. Delgado was the last of that stage, finishing 2:54 behind Erik Breukink's time and would finish third of that Tour at 3:34 behind Greg Lemond, who snatched the final victory from Laurent Fignon by just 8 seconds.

The fight to the sprint of Voskamp and Heppner

Another example of unexpected triumph is the one that the Italian Mario Traversoni lived in the nineteenth stage of the 1997 Tour de France. In the sprint of Dijon Bart Voskamp and Jens Heppner they played the stage triumph in a final very dirty in which both cyclists pushed on the bike in full sprint. Both cyclists were disqualified for these maneuvers and Traversoni, the cyclist who was chasing them, won the stage.

Moos, a fifth place that tastes like victory

The Swiss finished sixth in the thirteenth stage of the 1998 Vuelta a España with a finish in Sabiñánigo where Andrei Zintchenko prevailed. However, he thought there was no one rolling ahead and celebrated this position as if it were a triumph.

Vinokourov steals the wallet from 'Chente' and Laiseka

In the eighteenth stage of the 2000 Vuelta a España, 'Chente' García Acosta and Roberto Laiseka reached the last kilometer ahead of Alexander Vinokourov in 9 seconds who managed to catch them with 500 meters to go and overtake the sprint to the anger of the Navarrese cyclist.

Freire rebels against the rainbow Cipollini

The Cantabrian already did the same thing as Roglic in Liege-Bastoña-Liège 17 years ago. At the San Benedetto del Tronto sprint Mario Cipollini, who at that time also wore the rainbow jersey of the world champion, like Alaphilippe, was confident and celebrated the victory early just as Freire passed him over the finish line.

The day that Freire stole Zabel's Milan - San Remo

It is the most similar episode to the one that happened last Sunday in Liege-Bastogne-Liege. In the massive arrival to the Via Roma of San Remo Zabel managed to surpass Petacchi and was already the winner by raising his arms ... when Óscar Freire passed the German on his right side to cross the finish line in first position, just as which Roglic did with Alaphilippe at the Liège goal.

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