Luis Leon Sanchez not only had to put up with a very unfortunate puncture during Saturday's Giro d'Italia time-trial, but he then had to switch to a road bike.
The 37-year-old, who rides for Astana-Premier Tech, endured the day's most dramatic and also frustrating moment as he was hit by a sudden flat rear tyre while rounding a bend.
The Spaniard did incredibly well to somehow hold himself upright as he tackled a tough corner with the puncture and he was praised by Eurosport cycling expert Sean Kelly for his handling skills.
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Due to the flat rear tyre, he then had to jump on a road bike with the help of a team assistant in order to complete the day's time-trial in less-than-ideal circumstances.
It was a maddening afternoon for Sanchez, but he did at least gain plaudits for his ability to keep the bike - and himself - upright in very challenging fashion.
"Now, a technical problem here already for Luis Leon Sanchez, and it's a road bike!" exclaimed Rob Hatch, on commentary for Eurosport.
Oh dear! Well that's going to be a bit of time lost right away. Is that a blowout?
"And now on a road bike for the rest of it!"
Cycling legend Kelly responded: "Yes, it's a rear one. A rear flat. So it's a blowout!
"You would feel that coming into the corner, so he got it there just as he entered the corner, and he held it well."
Last year at the Giro prologue, a change of wind direction and strength led to some big surprises for many top riders. This time, it was the former Spanish national champion who encountered the bad luck.

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