Graeme Brown & International Diplomacy



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Looks like Browny will be getting the job as Australia's ambassador to Malaysia when he decides to hang up the bike.

Royal gaffe
The day's most dramatic moment came during the podium celebration when Brown was called up on stage to accept the blue points jersey from the Malaysian king. Brown wasn't aware of the royal presence, pulling off his hat and plopping it on the king's head before slipping on the jersey.

Afterward several Malaysian reporters joked that if it had been any of them, they would have been hauled away by the police and locked up for a year.

"I had no idea it was the king," said Brown.

The king didn't seem to upset though, and was promptly whisked away from the finish line in a green Mercedes immediately after the presentation concluded.

From: http://www.velonews.com/race/int/articles/7526.0.html