It’s a lesson athletes have learned the hard way since the beginning of time. Don’t celebrate early. If you do, the lesson goes, you risk losing. Such was the case Friday at the Abu Dhabi Tour when 22-year-old cyclist Caleb Ewan let go of his handlebars to pump a fist in the air only to see veteran rider Marcel Kittel steal his glory. “It was a bit embarrassing more than anything,” Ewan told reporters (via CyclingNews) after the tour’s second stage Friday. “Now I have to go back to my team and explain what I did.” In the long line of premature celebrations, Ewan’s is hardly the most egregious. In cycling alone, there have been far worse scenarios, including at least twice in recent memory when
Andrew Wiggins gets off to a hot start scoring 16 points in the first quarter against the Mavericks.
Olympic road champion Greg Van Avermaet edged a three-man sprint to claim a second consecutive victory in the Het Nieuwsblad, which marks the start of the Spring classics. For the second year in a row, the Belgian rider was faster than world champion Peter Sagan of Slovakia at the finish line on Saturday. Another Belgian, Sep Vanmarcke, who took the initiative in the final sprint about 200 meters out, completed the podium.