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Pascal Eenkhoorn may not have received the stage, but he sure gained a good deal of hearts at the Tour of Britain on Saturday.
Eenkhoorn, 24, had attacked into the day’s breakaway and was racing towards the remaining on the race’s seventh phase. The 5-rider team was ripping toward the Edinburgh city middle end when a young fan started out pedaling furiously alongside them on the sidewalk.
Eenkhoorn towed the group up the slight increase and drew level with the youngster prior to having a slug from his bottle and handing it off to his wannabe adversary.
GCN commentator and former professional racer Matt Stephens sounded truly emotional as cameras captured the minute.
“That is what biking is all about, completely wonderful, I’m a bit choked up,” Stephens explained as he known as the race.
Eenkhoorn was dropped below a flurry of attacks from phase-winner Yves Lampaert and breakaway rivals Matteo Jorgenson and Matt Gibson shortly just after the bottle-gifting gesture, finishing the stage in fifth.
While Eenkhoorn skipped the podium, his title will prolonged be involved with the stage immediately after getting the star of social media. Teammates, rivals, staffers, enthusiasts and pundits united to praise his gesture and poke enjoyable at the UCI’s stringent procedures all over littering and the controversies that arose from it, which include when Michael Schär was ejected from this year’s Tour of Flanders for throwing a bottle to roadside supporters.
Here’s just a choice of what the socialsphere experienced to say right after Saturday’s phase:
Class move from @PascalEenkhoorn there. I was truly moved and choked up a bit in commentary.. as I explained, that’s what cycling is all about.. @gcntweet @Eurosport_British isles @TourofBritain https://t.co/fEHYKHkU6A
— Matt Stephens (@RealStephens) September 11, 2021
The new technology 🚴 pic.twitter.com/ldKq9xWuY1
— Team Jumbo-Visma cycling (@JumboVismaRoad) September 11, 2021
This Tour of Britain is pure biking marketing. Fantastic that our guys participate in their element. I’ve been lucky plenty of to knowledge it all from the 1st row. #samenwinnen https://t.co/9OTYB5RjsW
— Ard Bierens (@ard_bierens) September 11, 2021
Thermonuclear attack 😂
— Matteo Jorgenson (@MatteoJorg) September 11, 2021
#TourOfBritain – Stage 7 jury report*
– Eenkoorn, 500 CHF and -25pt in UCI rating for disposing bidon in perilous fashion
– The little one: 200 CHF and -20” in GC for feeding in unauthorized zone
*this tweet is a joke
— La Flamme Rouge (@laflammerouge16) September 11, 2021
really worth any fine in the world! https://t.co/mwLJDysz9E
— Christine Majerus (@C_Majerus) September 11, 2021