Here’s something we haven’t seen before – a couple sharing a kiss while racing, both going on to become crowned national champions.
It happened in Israel at the weekend, where Guy Sagiv was taking part in the men’s national championship road race, while his partner Omer Shapira was riding in the women’s event.
Both Sagiv, who races for Israel Cycling Academy, and Canyon-SRAM rider Shapira were approaching the line after launching solo attacks to win their respective races.
The pair, who have been a couple for eight years after meeting when they were aged 16 and live in Girona, Spain, were interviewed afterwards on TV.
Sagiv – who at May’s Giro d’Italia became the first Israeli to finish a Grand – said: “The gap between each of us and our rivals gave us enough time to kiss when we approached the finish.
“It was really fun to meet by chance and do it.”
Shapira said: “I knew that I had a gap to my rivals but I didn’t know if Guy was in the same situation.
“When he slowed down to kiss me, I urged him, ‘Move it! Move it!’
“I was worried that his rivals might catch him if we kept on kissing. I finished a few seconds later,” she added.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.