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World champion cyclist avoids dog walker interrupting race; video

According to The Sun, during the final stage of the cycling World Tour Tirreno-Adriatico event in Italy, two-time world champion cyclist Peter Sagan had to swerve to avoid an unexpected obstacle in the middle of the course: a woman walking her dog.

Per Bicycling, the 27-year-old Slovakian cyclist wasn’t in a position to reach his brakes when the dog walker interrupted the race, so he had to rely on some slick bike-handling to veer off course, where he skillfully dodged more pedestrians, before getting back on the course.

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Though the entire mishap was over in a matter of seconds, because it occurred on an extremely short time trial course — VeloNews says the course was only 6.5 miles long — it likely cost Sagan some time in the overall classification.

For his part, Sagan took to Twitter following the incident to make light of it all while reminding people to stay aware when around active race courses:

Despite the incident, Bicycling reports that Sagan still had a fine performance in Italy, notching two stage wins earlier this week and claiming the red jersey for leading the points classification in the race.