During the UAE Tour Kirby and Smith, aided by the screen graphics, misidentified Jonas Vingegaard as Chris Harper and only realized his true identity after the staged had finished. We found it funny, and then it has just continued to evolve from that point on.
Watching the end of today's stage it actually looks like Kruijswijk forgot it was the real Harper and not the faster Dane, who was in the group with him, and tried to work for him at one point, before realizing he wasn't even in the group anymore.
The Harper thing has become so big because he was the winner of the stage...I mean, Vingegaard was. After the camera showed him up close after the finish line, Kirby mentioned he was riding Vingegaard's bike at first, before realising it's indeed Harpe...I mean, Vingegaard.
After that, Harper became every Jumbo Visma rider, then he became every rider in the peloton. Now he is The Ruler of Oceania, like Samu said. It's spreading faster than Covid, it's getting out of control.
On a more serious note. I don't think Kruijswijk was riding for Harper. He just wanted to keep a high pace on a climb. Actually I think he did pretty well today, with a couple of attacks both on the climb and on the false flat/descent towards the finish. Certainly better than in the previous two stages. Can't wait for his third week performance!