Luis Carlos Chia didn’t even have time to celebrate his triumph in the third stage of the annual cycling race the Vuelta a Colombia before the high-speed crash. Image Credit: Supplied

Luis Carlos Chia’s joy at winning a Vuelta a Colombia stage quickly turned to anguish when the Colombian cyclist lost control at the finish line and crashed into his photographer wife.

Yellow jersey holder Chia won stage three in rainy conditions and held his arms out wide, thumping his chest in celebration after crossing the finish line before he suddenly tried to grab his handlebars again and swerve away from a group of photographers.

Knocked down

By then it was too late to brake and he collided with his wife Claudia Roncancio, who was knocked to the ground and lay motionless on the road.

Colombian newspaper El Tiempo later reported that Roncancio needed four stitches and was kept under observation in hospital.