Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) playfully took a pit stop during the final stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour on the Yas Marina Formula One motor racing track but took the race seriously and was clearly disappointed not to win the stage and so end his season with his first victory in the world champions' rainbow jersey.
Sagan finished a close second to Elia Viviani (Team Sky); with the Italian winning the stage thanks to a slightly better bike throw at the finish line. The photo finish showed it was a very close sprint but Viviani took the win – his second in the Abu Dhabi Tour, by a tyre-width.
Sagan rode back to the Tinkoff-Saxo box on the pit lane knowing his season was done, but he was genuinely angry to have taken another second place. It was his 17th second place of the 2015 season.
"I wanted to win, I really want it but I to second again," he said. "Second is not the new first, I wanted to win."
Sagan used his bike skills to move up close to the front before the final corner on the wide and smooth Formula One. He had a clear run on the line, slightly downhill finishing straight and went wheel to wheel with Viviani but the Italian had a little extra speed.
"It was cool to race on the circuit. It was fast, really fast but also safe. I enjoy it, especially taking the corners at speed," he said. "The pit stop was just a bit of fun. I got a new bike and new helmet and quickly got going again."
Sagan will be one of the big-name riders to collect an award at the UCI Cycling Gala in Abu Dhabi for winning the world road race title in Richmond. It will be the final act of season, but with his racing over, he is ready to relax.
"Will there be beer at the Gala? I hope so. It's time to celebrate a great season and relax a little."