A couple days ago in the Giro, Simon Clarke, from Orica/Greenedge, threw up his arms at the finish. He didn’t win the race, he won the field sprint for 2nd. Afterward, he tells the interviewer that he knew he was 2nd, but so excited about taking over the race lead, thus the Pink jersey, that he couldn’t control himself and celebrated.
But, he was fibbing. At least I think he was. If you watch the video below, you’ll notice that after the line, the Movistar rider, I think Giovanni Visconti, motions to Simon that there is a guy up the road and Simon grasps his helmet with his hands. In this case, a picture is worth a 1000 words.
Simon should know by now, that the whole thing was live, on the internet, TV, etc., worldwide. You don’t get to say that you knew you didn’t win when your actions showed you didn’t. And, really, is it that big of a deal?
I’ll answer that, it really isn’t much of a big deal. I’ve never done it before, but I pay pretty close attention who is up the road and what place I’m racing for. But, there are a lot of things going on during the Giro and maybe it is easy to get confused about whether the peloton is together?
Seems like with race radios, he would have known a rider was away, but maybe he pulls his earpiece out at the end. Sometimes having something in you ear can throw off your balance a little, which would be pretty bad in a chaotic sprint. Plus, who wants someone talking in your ear when you’re trying to negotiate a field sprint at the Giro?
It is embarrassing, but just because you did an embarrassing thing, doesn’t mean you should lie about making the mistake in the first place. It is somewhat understandable losing track of one single rider in a stage of a Grand Tour, but it really isn’t understandable trying to fabricate a story.
If Simon learns one thing here, it is better to just fess up and take the ridicule up front. It really isn’t worth lying about, especially when it’s out there for the whole cycling world to see.