Fan Throws Urine on Cyclist Mark Cavendish at Tour de France on Wednesday
Think you had a hard week? At least nobody threw a bottle of piss on you at work (we assume). As for British cyclist Mark Cavendish, he wasn’t so lucky.
On Tuesday, at the end of the 10th stage of the Tour de France, Cavendish was involved in a collision with Tom Veelers of the Netherlands that sent the Dutchman skidding along the pavement. Some fans thought Cavendish bumped into Veelers on purpose, and they said so on Twitter. Then, all along the course of the 11th stage yesterday, Cavendish was booed and jeered. And finally, at one point, someone sprayed a liquid on Cavendish from a bottle…which turned out to be urine.
He could tell by the taste.
There is no video of the incident. At least, not yet anyway. And Cavendish himself has not spoken publicly about it. But the CEO of his Omega Pharma-Quick Step team, Patrick Lefevere, told the media about it. And when they asked if he was sure the liquid was urine, he had this to say:
“Maybe you have smell his jersey before you believe. I don’t know the taste of urine but he’s a little bit upset at the moment, and down, because he doesn’t deserve this and he’s right.”
So I guess the lesson here is don’t piss off cycling fans, or they will piss on you.
Oh, and in case you were wondering about that collision from Tuesday between Cavendish and Veelers, here you go:
Hat Tip – [Deadspin]