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Funny incident on tour de france
« on: July 10, 2013, 02:12:57 PM »
Mark Cavendish sprayed with urine during Tour de France time trial

• Sprinter reported to be 'sad rather than angry' over incident
• Cavendish had been involved in crash at end of stage 10



Mark Cavendish was reported to be "sad rather than angry" after a fan threw urine over him during the Tour de France's time trial stage from Avranches to Mont-Saint-Michel.

"I regret this, I always felt that cycling fans were gentlemen, enthusiastic people," said the Manx sprinter's Omega Pharma-Quick Step team manager Patrick Lefevere. "Mark is sad, he's not upset, just sad. I cannot blame anyone, there are 100,000 or 200,000 people on the road, and one person decided to do this."

Cavendish did not comment on the incident after finishing the time trial, but his French team-mate Jérôme Pineau said on Twitter: "It's shameful that my friend Mark Cavendish has told me he was whistled and had urine thrown on him during the race. It's a scandal." Lefevere said he assumed the incident was connected to Tuesday's crash in the finish sprint at Saint Malo, where Cavendish clashed shoulders with the Dutchman Tom Veelers, who fell, although the race referees ruled that Veelers was to blame.

Cycling is unique among major sports in the close contact that fans can have with the athletes, but in time trials cyclists are particularly vulnerable as they race alone, with only a single police motorbike for protection ahead of them. The previously defined starting order means that fans know precisely who is coming and when. "There is no protection for the riders, it's not like a football stadium where there is a certain distance," said Lefevere.

This is not the first time that fans have attacked a cyclist on a Tour stage. The "cannibal" Eddy Merckx was punched in the kidneys by a fan not far from the top of the Puy de Dôme climb in the 1975 race, and on Tuesday Lefevere compared the assault on Cavendish to this episode. "Mark has a great record, he has stature, new riders are coming in and the public wants change. I hope it is a unique case and it doesn't happen again."

More recently, Lance Armstrong had to be assigned police bodyguards for the time trial up l'Alpe d'Huez in 2004 after death threats were received, while on various occasions riders have had wine thrown at them, and sides of raw meat waved in their faces. The race regularly falls foul of political demonstrations, while last year's race, famously, was disrupted after tacks were thrown on the road before the bunch came past on a Pyrenean stage.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2013/jul/10/mark-cavendish-sprayed-with-urine-tour-de-france

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Re: Funny incident on tour de france
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2013, 03:52:40 PM »
Ummm, aye... hilarious. Eeeeeeee laugh, i couldn't start.

Don't care if i was in the limelight or not if someone threw a cup of piss over me it would be the last thing they'd have done for at least 2 weeks, well last think other than eating hospital food and pissing into a pot in bed.

Now if you'd said he was dressed as a clown and covered him in silly spray, i might have (only just) raised a smile, but i don't tend to look at being covered in someone else's pee as being very funny.

Maybe i'm just being miserable  :D
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Re: Funny incident on tour de france
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2013, 04:06:21 PM »
Obviously the idiot who did that is a nutter. I guess Cavendish being English was a small factor as well, the main one being responsible for the accident in the sprint yesterday.

Overall, the main problem is there is no safety for the riders at all in such an event.

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Re: Funny incident on tour de france
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2013, 04:11:12 PM »
typical French...... ;)

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Re: Funny incident on tour de france
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2013, 04:19:19 PM »
if some one waved red wine and meat in my face , id stop and fill a bag.

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Re: Funny incident on tour de france
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2013, 04:27:25 PM »
typical French...... ;)

Oh comon, they're not that bad. They're quite good at... erm... erm... they can do... erm... well you know. OK forget that.

HEY, i quite like Marion Bartoli  ;)
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Re: Funny incident on tour de france
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2013, 04:33:54 PM »
...she cant be all bad - she has an Italian surname..... ;)

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Re: Funny incident on tour de france
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2013, 04:37:36 PM »
...she cant be all bad - she has an Italian surname..... ;)

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Re: Funny incident on tour de france
« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2013, 05:25:43 PM »
She won me a good bit of money as well,a good £227 


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« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2013, 05:28:03 PM »
Niiice!

I would like her even more if she won me a few hundred quid :)
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