Pro cyclist celebrates lap too early at Giro D'Italia

Alexander Kay

Bahrain-Merida rider Luka Pibernik had a rather embarrassing moment at the climax of Stage 5 of the 100th Giro D'Italia.

The Slovenian cyclist lifted his arms and screamed in celebration as he crossed the finish line in Messina, Italy, only to realise that the chasing pack had not eased off as the race still had another lap of the town to go.

The 23-year-old's team leader Vincenzo Nibali explained what had happened after the stage: "The problem is that his radio battery was flat and so he didn't hear us call him," the Italian said in his post-race RAI interview. "He didn't know there was a lap to go and so the gaffe happened. He's young, things like that can happen."

Colombia's Fernando Gaviria went on to win the stage as he benefited from the perfect lead out by his Quick-Step Floors team-mates to outpace Lotto's Andre Greipel.

Hopefully poor Luka will have better luck next time he goes for a stage win!

Watch full highlights of the day's stage below: