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.