No VAR needed as Johannessen celebrates too early in Classic and Martinez wins

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No VAR needed as Johannessen celebrates too early in Classic and Martinez wins
Tobias Halland Johannessen in action
Tobias Halland Johannessen in action
Reuters
Cyclist Tobias Halland Johannessen (24) raised his fist aloft in celebration only to see victory snatched on the line by Lenny Martinez (20) at the Classic Var in the South of France on Friday.

The one-day race finished at the top of Mont Faron and Johannessen was in the leading group of six riders coming up the final climb before Romain Bardet made a break for victory.

Johannessen was the only one who kept pace and when he overtook Bardet close to the line it looked like the Norwegian would ease to victory.

Instead, he eased up to celebrate coming around the final bend, unaware that Martinez was still pumping the pedals close behind.

Martinez didn't give up, and after overtaking the tired Bardet he pipped Johannessen on the line who could only raise his hand again, this time in disbelief, as the French Groupama-FDJ rider stole the win.

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