A charity cyclist accidentally ended up leading the pack in one of the world’s biggest race events.
As the Tour of Britain came through North Wales on Wednesday, dad of two Roger Armstrong, 56, went out on a casual bike ride.
But as he headed out towards the Horseshoe Pass near Llangollen, he ended up at the front of the pack of professional riders saying he had no idea the fourth stage of the race was taking place near his home.
Roger from Mynydd Isa a village in Flintshire, Wales said it had been his moment of cycling greatness.
He said: I decided to go out for my usual ride to the Horseshoe but I didn’t realise the Tour of Britain was passing through.
As I joined a road, I must have joined in between the first lot of police bikes.
I was soon being passed by some early team cars and as I was heading down a stretch of road people were waving, clapping and taking photos.
Roger is a regular cyclist and has raised money for charity through mammoth rides from Land’s End to John O’Groats and the Dragon Devil L’Etape Wales.
He said that after a while, fans began to realise Roger perhaps wasn’t one of the pro-cyclists they had come to see.
They saw I wasn’t with the tour and I pulled in and a couple of people said they thought I was the breakaway rider.
I had also chosen that day to ride in my Team GB Olympic kit and for one brief moment I was leading stage four.
I thought I had better stop at the side of the road and wait but I wish now I had carried on down the road, milking the applause.
Roger, who recently attempted to cover Wales in a day, said he hadn’t realised his normal routine journey would have been interrupted by the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish.
He said: I had pulled over as the main peloton came through. I was around five minutes ahead hence why I was able to cycle along.
It was only when I saw some of the early team cars coming through it sank in so I pulled over and got talking to a couple of people and said I hadn’t realised it was the Tour in this area.
I must admit it was nice, if not a tad embarrassing, to see people clapping. I should have put a sprint on and kept looking over my shoulder.
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