Karma perhaps came back and bit Danilo Hondo in the backside after the German sprinter saw his hopes of victory rather embarrassingly dashed in stage six of the Giro.
With stage winner Matthew Lloyd and runner-up Rubens Bertogliati having already crossed the line, Hondo had a Peter Sagan moment when he celebrated coming home in third place.
Arms aloft and chest puffed out, gaffing Hondo clearly thought victory was his - and it wasn't until he stepped off the bike that he realised the grim reality.
It was one of those cringe-inducing moments that we all suffer once in a blue moon - like waving across a busy bar to a beautiful girl when in fact she's looking at a more handsome chap right behind you.
Quite how he had deduced he was the day's victor is anyone's guess. The last time Saddles checked, race radios were still allowed in the Giro, so unless Hondo was going commando surely his Lampre support team would have told him he was merely sprinting for spoils.
What's more, while Lloyd finished more than a minute up the road, Bertogliati was less than ten seconds clear of the pursuing peloton and must have been visible ahead. Maybe carphedon has delayed effects on the eyes that none of us know about.
Anyway, Hondo's not alone to commit the same blunder this season and joins Liquigas' Sagan, who made exactly the same error in the Tour of Romandie.
Lloyd's victory was the Australian's biggest triumph to date - hardly a feat, given his career highlights include three stage wins in the Herald Sun Tour, overall victory in the 2005 Tour of Wellington and ninth place in stage five of last year's Tour Down Under.
Friday's hilly stage started near the town of Parma, but Lloyd was anything but ham-fisted after breaking away with Bertogliati on the 45km mark.
Riding through a region known for its marble quarries, Lloyd was rock solid as he went alone on the final climb of the day.
The finish was in Carrara, the coastal home town of Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, but Lloyd was anything but a buffoon, he was a rider on a mission.
Watching him descend to the finish at breakneck speed, many spectators may have felt the 26-year-old was skating on thin ice.
But they needn't have worried: Lloyd is a former ice hockey player and held his nerve to make it two surprise wins in the Giro in as many days, following Jerome Pineau's unlikely victory on Thursday.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Congrats to Danilo Hondo!" Bradley Wiggins jestingly tweets after the finish.
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