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David McCarthy snapped Giant-Shimano sprinter as he lay exhausted on ground after Sunday's win in Dublin...

There's a time and a place for taking a selfie and a shot posted to Instagram by professional photographer Kristof Ramon has led to a young Irish cyclist with the Nicolas Roche Performance Team development squad learning that lesson the hard way. Ramon's camera captured David McCarthy taking a selfie with an exhausted Marcel Kittel after the Giant-Shimano sprinter had collapsed to the ground after winning Stage 3 of the Giro d’Italia in Dublin on Sunday.

McCarthy has apologised to Kittel after Ramon's picture went viral once being posted to Instagram resulting in predictable levels of online vitriol being heaped upon the young Irishman for the inappropriateness of his actions. Kittel had just celebrated his birthday by taking his second Giro stage win in as many days.  

Ramon’s photo was later posted side by side on Twitter by Cycling Flash with McCarthy’s own selfie, with Kittel’s face showing what appears to be a mixture of incredulity and offence.

Some people commenting on the photo seemed to assume it was taken in the aftermath of a crash, although in fact it was after Kittel had sealed his stage win.

This morning, Nicolas Roche posted a message on Twitter on behalf of McCarthy in which he apologised to Kittel and anyone else offended by his selfie.

McCarthy posted a number of other selfies taken at the Giro Big Start to his own Instagram feed, including ones with Tinkoff-Saxo owner Oleg Tinkov, and team manager Bjarne Riis.

For Kittel, Sunday's win marked his last particpation in the race, which resumed in Italy today with a stage to Bari.

After his victories in Belfast on Saturday and Dublin the following day, his withdrawal from the race this morning due to a fever denies him the chance of going for the distinction of winning three consecutive Grand Tour stages in three different countries.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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jason.timothy.jones [294 posts] 1 year ago
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i still think its kinda funny, not very professional for an up and comming cyclist, but still a little giggle was had

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G-bitch [321 posts] 1 year ago
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Same here - I 'LOL'd'. I bet even Marcel will see the funny side, but maybe not for a few weeks/months....

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jason.timothy.jones [294 posts] 1 year ago
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Kittel has just pulled out of the Giro saying he has flash burn and cant see

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spence129 [21 posts] 1 year ago
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Storm in a tea cup, the young lad was just having fun, he hasn't tried to nick his helmet, he hasn't thrown his arms around him for a picture and he hasn't tried to pick up his bike to take a funny photo. I'm disappointed by the uproar, I'd like to know what Marcel thinks because if he genuinely was annoyed I will not be supporting him in future. He retweeted the apology - I would think it would be better for him to say no apology needed, it was a bit of harmless fun.

I wish the kid didn't apologise but it is a sign of the PC times we live in where things can be viral in minutes. He should have just said it was a picture, get over it.

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Some Fella [890 posts] 1 year ago
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What about the tv crews and press photographers and the fella trying to stick a microphone in Kittels cake hole and getting up all in his face and that?
Not saying this kid did the right thing but lets put this in a bit context eh?

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jstreetley [63 posts] 1 year ago
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Kittel doesn't seem too fazed:
https://twitter.com/marcelkittel/status/466169725723361280
https://twitter.com/marcelkittel/status/466169992388804609

Gave a little lecture about playing with fire(works), but the  3 at the end suggests he's not too pee'd off.

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Miles253 [198 posts] 1 year ago
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Surely Kittel has his picture taken all the time, I'm certain he's had to deal with worse press than this one kid and his iPhone.

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andyp [1444 posts] 1 year ago
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I'm more concerned that a small child has been turned into a walking Adidas advert.

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Scoob_84 [374 posts] 1 year ago
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cool pic

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chadders [84 posts] 1 year ago
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Its a sign of the times that people take pictures of themselves and we are supposed to think its funny or entertaining., its not.Wish big kit had smacked him, now that would be entertaining!!

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Cyclist [295 posts] 1 year ago
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Sorry, in fact, no I am not. I am on kittels side, the man is in maximum oxygen debt trying to recover and some numpty comes and invades your space. If that was on the tube and happened too you you would have him done for assault or react in a violent manner... So no it's not ok or funny. Obviously those that think it's ok have never felt like kittel feels there, because it is the last thing you need. And neither has that t##t ever worked hard enough in training or racing, otherwise he would not of done it. Funny how people think it ok to do that to a world class cyclist/athlete, wonder what would of happened if the ball boy had jumped on top of Murray when he collapsed on the floor when he won Wimbledon and took a selfie?

The man sorry boy is a dickhead.

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russyparkin [570 posts] 1 year ago
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the only offence i can see here is the dead to toe adidas track suit

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domofarmfrites [20 posts] 1 year ago
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I would not p'off Dolph Lundgren if I were you, young David.

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Doaky [68 posts] 1 year ago
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No harm done! Kittel is in the public eye and is constantly photographed! Yes he could have picked his moment a bit better but it's a storm in a teacup! If I had the opportunity I'd have done the same  1

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Ottadini [17 posts] 1 year ago
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I'm sure the digs are going to land heavy on the kid every time he goes near a bike race now!
Mind you, straight after Kittel's stage victory on the Champs Elysees last year he came over to us and beckoned the crowd for applause (We gladly did, of course!) but he does seem to lurve the attention..

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partsandlabour [32 posts] 1 year ago
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Cyclist wrote:

Sorry, in fact, no I am not. I am on kittels side, the man is in maximum oxygen debt trying to recover and some numpty comes and invades your space. If that was on the tube and happened too you you would have him done for assault or react in a violent manner... So no it's not ok or funny. Obviously those that think it's ok have never felt like kittel feels there, because it is the last thing you need. And neither has that t##t ever worked hard enough in training or racing, otherwise he would not of done it. Funny how people think it ok to do that to a world class cyclist/athlete, wonder what would of happened if the ball boy had jumped on top of Murray when he collapsed on the floor when he won Wimbledon and took a selfie?

The man sorry boy is a dickhead.

I'm gonna stick up for the lad here. It was no big deal, he meant no offence. David is just a young lad and we should all cut him some slack. Yeah Kittel ain't smiling in the moment because of what he's just been through physically, but I don't doubt that he sees the humour in all of this - at least he should. I don't know who you think you are calling this young athlete of our fine sport offensive names over something so trivial. I think you need to grow up and get some perspective BOY!

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festival [105 posts] 1 year ago
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Not the crime of the century, but a lack of class for sure.

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Alb [127 posts] 1 year ago
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Thank goodness this has been resolved. I'll rest easy tonight

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dp24 [201 posts] 1 year ago
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If that was on the tube and happened too you you would have him done for assault or react in a violent manner... So no it's not ok or funny.

Dear me, I think you need to calm down. The only one who would be getting done for assault, with the kind of attitude you display, would be yourself.

The kid has admitted he made a mistake, and apologised. It's not like he tried to nick his sunglasses or mess about with his bike. Kittel has TV and press cameras shoved in his face 10 seconds after crossing the line every time he wins a stage.

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faz. [23 posts] 1 year ago
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Selfie = not acceptable

tens of motorbike cyclists rushing over to the scene of an accident to photograph fallen riders (for shots such as this one?) = acceptable?

It's a bit like bees to honey, quite vulgar

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chrisp1973 [55 posts] 1 year ago
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Cyclist wrote:

Sorry, in fact, no I am not. I am on kittels side, the man is in maximum oxygen debt trying to recover and some numpty comes and invades your space. If that was on the tube and happened too you you would have him done for assault or react in a violent manner... So no it's not ok or funny. Obviously those that think it's ok have never felt like kittel feels there, because it is the last thing you need. And neither has that t##t ever worked hard enough in training or racing, otherwise he would not of done it. Funny how people think it ok to do that to a world class cyclist/athlete, wonder what would of happened if the ball boy had jumped on top of Murray when he collapsed on the floor when he won Wimbledon and took a selfie?

The man sorry boy is a dickhead.

Really, I struggle to find words to reply to your stupidity.

The selfie may have been mistimed but he's clearly been caught up in the moment. Kittel is a professional athlete and should be well used to the camera, at all times, if not he should find a less "public" job.

I suspect your real issue is that you didn't get the picture with Kittel, that's the truth isn't it, go on, you can admit it, jealously is ugly but okay.

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farrell [1950 posts] 1 year ago
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Cyclist wrote:

Sorry, in fact, no I am not. I am on kittels side, the man is in maximum oxygen debt trying to recover and some numpty comes and invades your space. If that was on the tube and happened too you you would have him done for assault or react in a violent manner... So no it's not ok or funny. Obviously those that think it's ok have never felt like kittel feels there, because it is the last thing you need. And neither has that t##t ever worked hard enough in training or racing, otherwise he would not of done it. Funny how people think it ok to do that to a world class cyclist/athlete, wonder what would of happened if the ball boy had jumped on top of Murray when he collapsed on the floor when he won Wimbledon and took a selfie?

The man sorry boy is a dickhead.

Well, considering that Kittel doesn't seem to be that arsed or offended I'm not sure you can be on his side.

This really isn't a deal, he has had a snap at a potentially personal moment but is it any more personal a moment than Kittel losing himself in the moment and roaring out in exultation with a teary eye? It's not assault, he hasn't laid a finger on him, look at how other riders get mauled and pawed at as they pass at considerable speed, that's much much more invasive and offensive.

I'm sure the lad involved has blown his own arse out on a few times in training or he wouldn't be in development squad that he is, so if you want karma to come back and bite him on the arse then I can guarantee you that if he finds himself in a similar post race situation then it is nailed on that there is going to be a queue of teenage lads just waiting to rip the piss out of him. I can't tell by your username what your gender is but if you are male then you'll probably remember being a teenage male with other teenage males. We were fucking brutal. Awful pisstaking gobshites if truth be told.

The main crux of this story is giddiness, the lad got giddy and took a photo, then social media got giddy and wanted to crucify him for it.

Of all the things to get worked up by in the world this ranks even lower than Eurovision. Honestly it does. And I utterly despise Eurovision.

Its not a big deal.

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farrell [1950 posts] 1 year ago
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For clarity and to make sure it is on record whilst it may seem like I am defending his behaviour I want to make it clear and certain that I, in no way, condone his awful attire.

I will support Kittel 100% if he wishes to press charges based on having a terrible tracksuit and bodywarmer combo at such close proximity.

Nico Roche is usually pretty well turned out, I think he needs to start cascading this knowledge downwards.

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Scoob_84 [374 posts] 1 year ago
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Moments after winning a stage on the giro is hardly a personal moment

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Dizzy [68 posts] 1 year ago
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I was there at the weekend, I'm pretty sure at one point we were stood next to the lad who took the photo - I remember his clothing!
Anyhoo - he was not the only doing this LOTS of folks did it, ok the rider may not have been on the floor at the time, but people were running up the riders, trying to get photo's.
My 9yro son was even beckoned over by 2 Sky riders when they spotted him jumping up & down in his SkyKit, sadly another group of riders swooped though & we couldn't get over to them before they were moved on.
So my point being, If riders are happy to stop & have their photo taken when it suits them, then they will accept that folk are going to try whatever they can to get a pic taken. It's part of the job of being 'famous'

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Shamblesuk [144 posts] 1 year ago
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I wonder if the guy who took the photo had a fever.....

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Daddywelsh [20 posts] 1 year ago
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oh come on! he's young, excited by his hero's and as he is up and coming is making sacrifices at a young age when like the rest of us probably drinking, smoking and messing around with girls he is getting up earily, staying up late, training all the hours he can and spending all his time with his team. Is wrong to let himself go for a split second, i dont think so. Give him a break and if he doesnt make it as a cyclist then let him become a photographer as its one of the best photos ive seen in years!

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The _Kaner [730 posts] 1 year ago
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Please write out 100 times
could HAVE not could OF...
would HAVE not would OF
(should HAVE not should OF)

That, to me, is way worse than taking a selfie with a stage winner...

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The _Kaner [730 posts] 1 year ago
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farrell wrote:

For clarity and to make sure it is on record whilst it may seem like I am defending his behaviour I want to make it clear and certain that I, in no way, condone his awful attire.

I will support Kittel 100% if he wishes to press charges based on having a terrible tracksuit and bodywarmer combo at such close proximity.

Nico Roche is usually pretty well turned out, I think he needs to start cascading this knowledge downwards.

He doesn't even have 'runners' on...he's wearing a pair of Converse...awful co-ordination....tsk...tsk...and he's a 'ginger'....  13

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chrisp1973 [55 posts] 1 year ago
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The _Kaner wrote:

Please write out 100 times
could HAVE not could OF...
would HAVE not would OF
(should HAVE not should OF)

That, to me, is way worse than taking a selfie with a stage winner...

Please write out a hundred times:

I am a cock if all I can mention in a forum debate is someone's spelling or grammar.

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