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Embarrassment for 18-year-old Noah Granigan from New Jersey after winning junior race

It’s something every young cyclist dreams of – crossing the finish line ahead of the field, arms aloft in celebration. As this video from the US shows though, you don't want to lose control of your bike at the moment of triumph - especially when someone's filming.

The unfortunate rider was 18-year-old Noah Granigan from New Jersey, who had just won Monday’s junior race at the 2014 Tour of Somerville, only to be dumped unceremoniously on the road surface moments later.

Afterwards, he tweeted: "Well that was stupid" - although as one spectator observes, “At least he won…”

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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adamtaylor [61 posts] 2 years ago
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Brilliant. I'd take a win and fall...

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jmaccelari [243 posts] 2 years ago
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A lad did that at a race I was at once and promptly got disqualified for dangerous riding...

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zanf [857 posts] 2 years ago
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jmaccelari wrote:

A lad did that at a race I was at once and promptly got disqualified for dangerous riding...

At the London Nocturn last year, Hannah Barnes got disqualified for doing the same when beating Laura Trott then later reinstated.

http://road.cc/85506

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Simon_MacMichael [2457 posts] 2 years ago
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zanf wrote:
jmaccelari wrote:

A lad did that at a race I was at once and promptly got disqualified for dangerous riding...

At the London Nocturn last year, Hannah Barnes got disqualified for doing the same when beating Laura Trott then later reinstated.

http://road.cc/85506

Weird thing about that was the decision only came to light a few days later after it became apparent Barnes had won easily - a lot of people interpreted the confirmation she had been relegated to second as the commissaires looking to save face after getting the result wrong  3

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ThatBritishBloke [21 posts] 2 years ago
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Honestly, control and safety cover at that event was pretty lax.

Yes, I was there.

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FurnaceMedia [19 posts] 2 years ago
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now that's a get down...  1

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WolfieSmith [1326 posts] 2 years ago
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Don't know how Cav stays up right sometimes, arms up over the line. Can you imagine a knock on the bus door at the TDF to tell Cav he's been disqualified...?

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FurnaceMedia [19 posts] 2 years ago
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It came to light the next day (on the sunday) during the editing of the highlights, immediatley it was obvious that HB had won, the organisers were duly informed and result changed.

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velobetty [71 posts] 2 years ago
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ThatBritishBloke wrote:

Honestly, control and safety cover at that event was pretty lax.

Yes, I was there.

Not to mention the rather annoying constant references to 'The Elite Race' and 'The Women's Race'—despite both the men's and women's races being elite races.

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Rupert [189 posts] 2 years ago
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I am too embarrassed for this foolish winner to comment  40

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zanf [857 posts] 2 years ago
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roseofwinter wrote:
ThatBritishBloke wrote:

Honestly, control and safety cover at that event was pretty lax.

Yes, I was there.

Not to mention the rather annoying constant references to 'The Elite Race' and 'The Women's Race'—despite both the men's and women's races being elite races.

Oh gawd, there was that as well. [on top of the drunken cowbell ringing yobbos there! ;)]

Well, at least they had the 'Thrill n Spills with Mrs Mills' band!

I see that the Ride London is doing a crit around St James Park for the elite women but the full 150km race for the men.... again!

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mrmo [2088 posts] 2 years ago
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zanf wrote:

I see that the Ride London is doing a crit around St James Park for the elite women but the full 150km race for the men.... again!

However, which would be the better to watch from the roadside?

A crit, with riders come round every few minutes, or a long road race where the riders disappear?

Can work both ways, if the organisers play it properly.

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SteppenHerring [330 posts] 2 years ago
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AFAIK, juniors taking their hands off the bars will tend to get BC commissaires notice and they will be DQed. Seniors can if they want providing they don't cause danger. However, your commissaires may vary.

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Al__S [1050 posts] 2 years ago
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fundamentally a more experienced rider (eg Cavendish) is far less likely to crash doing this- much more experience, much more practice!

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J90 [355 posts] 2 years ago
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