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Video: Dan McLay wins as rival celebrates too early - the latest instalment in a long running comedy of errors

It's not the first time a rider has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory - and it won't be the last...

It's one of the most embarrassing things that can happen to a pro cyclist - starting celebrating a victory only for another rider to pass you ahead of the line to snatch the won.

That's what happened yesterday at the 77th Tour de l'Eurométropole in Belgium, with the Cofidis rider Anthony Turgis left ruing his premature jubilation as Britain's Dan McLay, riding for the Fortuneo-Oscaro team, emerged triumphant.

Turgis was also overhauled by the Wanty-Groupe Gobert rider, Kenny Dehaes, to finish in third place at the end of the ​188.6-kilometre race from La Louviere to Tournoi.

It doesn't just happen to the pros, of course - remember this story from last year of a rider getting pipped to the line at the ia Roma Twilight Criterium support race in Cirencester, Gloucestershire?

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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