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Vuelta a Colombia cyclist wins stage...before crashing into his wife while celebrating

Luis Carlos Chía escaped bruised but not seriously injured, while his wife was taken to hospital and needed four stitches

The joy of winning a professional bike race is one few ever get to experience, a feeling reserved for the most talented, hard-working and genetically gifted. So when your big moment comes you've just got to hope something like this doesn't happen...

Poor Luis Carlos Chía won the sprint on Vuelta a Colombia's third stage, taking the win in torrential rain in Monteria which left much of the final kilometre and finishing area submerged. However, his win won't be remembered for the perfect timing of his sprint, pipping Óscar Adalberto Quiroz on the line, but instead because of what happened next...

Chía took his hands off the bars to beat his chest and salute the crowd...our next TV pictures from Señal Deportes show the Supergiros - ALC Manizales rider lying on the aforementioned soaked tarmac alongside an unfortunate spectator.

The unfortunate spectator? His wife...

Thankfully, El Tiempo reports both escaped relatively unscathed, although Claudia Roncancio  herself a photographer — was taken to hospital where she needed four stitches.

Chía, who also won the first stage, appeared in decent spirits as he hobbled towards the podium to receive his stage winner's prize and leader's jersey.

Speaking afterwards the stage winner said his brakes had not worked properly in the wet conditions: "Today I wanted to brake and the brakes blocked up, and I went straight into her."

"That's the area for photographers. It could have been her or anyone else. I was coming at high speed. The other day it was the same but that day it hadn't rained and my brakes worked perfectly."

Stage-winning celebration crashes are surprisingly common at pro races...

Fellow Colombian rider Edisón Muñoz crashed while celebrating a win in his home country back in 2020 after hitting a rather unfriendly bump in the road.

At least Muñoz got the win. Poor Eduard Prades thought he'd won. Celebrated. Snapped his saddle. Fell. And then got told there was an attacker up the road and he'd finished second...

And how about last year's UAE Tour where Trek-Segafredo's Antonio Tiberi crashed across the finish line during the time trial?

Dan is the news editor and has spent the past four years writing stories and features, as well as (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. Having previously written about nearly every other sport under the sun for the Express, and the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for the Non-League Paper, Dan joined in 2020. Come the weekend you'll find him labouring up a hill, probably with a mouth full of jelly babies, or making a bonk-induced trip to a south of England petrol station... in search of more jelly babies.

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FlyingPenguin | 2 years ago

Ok, so now we know who's cooking dinner for basically the next year 🤣

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