According to the official UCI Twitter account, Giustino ended:
“Thank you for the pity points, I’m used to them. I really hate finishing second at the end of the week,” Giustino tweeted.
Giustino, the 24-year-old Italian cyclist known as “Cropsey” for his taunting bulldog style of lying on the finish line after biking more than 40 miles, revealed that he may not have been told the actual time, saying he knew only what his bike had recorded.
“Was I told it was 87 minutes? No. But neither was I given any chance to be outside the top six ahead of the bunch,” Giustino wrote. “Either I was informed of an official finish or I should have jumped the great group I worked my ass for (including six guys from the break). Anyway, yeah. 87 minutes.”
The reality was more than that. Giustino finished fourth, 1:19 back of third-place French cyclist Loic Pichot and 13 seconds behind first-place Sebastien UNes and 39 seconds behind Bjarne Riis.
Giustino, who is known for his sometimes unbearable celebrations after he finishes his hard work, never made it into the breakaway.
At the time of writing, the UCI offered only this comment: “Today’s Stage 3 was one of most complicated finishes of the entire 2018 UCI Track World Championships. Team HH hopes that Marco can start to relax, because he is currently doing that with tears in his eyes.”