That was what Valentino Rossi did to the MotoGP field at Le Mans.
He led the race at one point by nigh-on ten seconds, leaving the others scrapping over second place - only for the Jorge Lorenzo to fight through the field from ninth to take a FIAT Yamaha one-two! It was an incredible result.
Colin Edwards richly deserved his third place, but that just meant that Rossi had to buy him another beer on Sunday night because he kept the 'guy who was going to win the race', Dani Pedrosa, a place back in fourth. No one in the paddock saw that coming.