Vincenzo Nibali played it off perfectly. But there was no denying the denial. Following the Italian cyclist's Stage 2 victory at the Tour de France Sunday, he was rejected a customary kiss by one of the podium girls.
After donning the yellow jersey for the first time of his career, the 29-year-old received flowers and smooches from the young lady to his right. But when he went in for the same treatment to the woman on his left, she rebuffed him! Why the cold shoulder?
One possible explanation was that Nibali jumped the gun. The woman didn't have a stuffed animal lion to hand him just yet — causing the awkward moment. After a slight delay, Nibali received the plush toy and kissed it instead. Well played.