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…There's a reason Tour riders like all those motorhomes parked by the side of the road...

 

It’s happened to all of us out on the bike – a sudden, pressing need to find somewhere to go to the loo. You’ll often see pro cyclists taking a nature break by the roadside during a race, but what we haven’t seen before is one nipping into a fan’s motorhome to answer a call of nature.

That’s exactly what French national champion Arnaud Démare did during yesterday’s Stage 14 of the Tour de France. We’re not sure how often this happens, but it’s the first time we’ve seen it caught on the race’s TV coverage.

We’re assuming that Démare, who would finish the stage to Risouls in the autobus, 27 minutes 40 seconds behind stage winner Rafal Majka of Tinkoff-Saxo, asked permission first – although it does look like his need was urgent enough that he wouldn’t have taken ‘no’ for an answer.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 2 years ago
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Why is this news?

Titter, titter.

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cyclingdave70 [33 posts] 2 years ago
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Great! Love it!
Perhaps he needed to "loose a bit of weight" ??!!

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bikebot [1924 posts] 2 years ago
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So the village green's not good enough for him eh? Bloomin French.

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 2 years ago
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He wasn't going to spend a penny, like you can do at the road side.

He had a dose of the trotts. can't really just squat at the roadside for that......although you could jump in a farmers field like the story a while back  19

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SteppenHerring [328 posts] 2 years ago
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Was it a Dirk Hofman motorhome?

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MartyMcCann [236 posts] 2 years ago
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Any truth in the rumour that there was a box of Nacer Bouhanni postcards in the motorhome a la Slaying the Badger?

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Beaufort [270 posts] 2 years ago
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He's had a truly merde tour until now.

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andyp [1448 posts] 2 years ago
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'He had a dose of the trotts. can't really just squat at the roadside for that'

Paula Radcliffe managed it ok.

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thesaladdays [105 posts] 2 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

He had a dose of the trotts. can't really just squat at the roadside for that......although you could jump in a farmers field like the story a while back  19

You could, but then the bibs are probably a write-off...  31

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levermonkey [664 posts] 2 years ago
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The modern peloton has gone soft!  19

In the days when riders survived on a diet of liquefied rice Tommy Simpson's mechanic could gauge the health of Simpson by whether he had to hose the bike down before he could work on it.

Riders today! Don't know their born!  4

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mickcee [70 posts] 2 years ago
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I did the Wiggle Northern Angel yesterday with one of the worst upset stomach I have ever had. Bushes for me!

6 1/2 hours later i rolled in with an average speed of 11.5mph, not an enjoyable morning/afternoon on a bike!

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andyp [1448 posts] 2 years ago
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Greg Lemond just shat as he rode...and still won the Tour.

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hood [117 posts] 2 years ago
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is there a problem with road.cc using videos from you tube?
every time i come to watch one i get told theres been an issue with copyright!  7