Cyclist Mistakenly Celebrates Winning Race With One Lap To Go, Ends Up Finishing 56th

Eloy Teruel thought he’d won the seventh stage of the Tour of California.

1. This is Spanish cyclist Eloy Teruel celebrating enthusiastically after crossing what he thought was the finish line of the seventh stage of the Tour of California.

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2. Unfortunately, Teruel’s celebrations were premature and there was still another full lap of the 5km circuit to go.

3. The Spaniard eventually finished 56th, with Slovakia’s Peter Sagan winning the stage.

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4. Teruel appeared to take the embarrassing mistake in good humour, later tweeting: “I hope to gain victory, luckily no one has seen. Hahahahahaha.”

5. Britain’s Sir Bradley Wiggins was crowned the overall winner of the Tour of California on Sunday, with compatriot Mark Cavendish winning the final stage.

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6. Speaking afterwards Wiggins said: “I had an incredible team around me. Without those guys I would not be in this position. They took the strain all week.

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“This win is right up there for satisfaction. I set out my stall to win in California and I have done it now. At 34, it is nice to still be winning.”

7. He also said he hopes to ride in this year’s Tour de France, the event he won in 2012, but admitted it would be in support of last year’s champion Chris Froome.

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