Some riders quit a race like the Giro d'Italia because they are tired or ill. Sprinters may withdraw once the mountainous stages start to dominate the route. But Polish racer Michal Golas (Vacansoleil-DCM) had a more positive personal reason for not being on the start line at Tuesday morning's stage 16: he is getting married this weekend.
Golas will marry his fiancée Agata on Saturday, May 28 in Plonsk, Poland. Michal, 27, and Agata, 26, have been together for three years.
In honor of the occasion, he was spotted wearing a special team jersey, one with a pink tie with the name of his girlfriend on it.