Video: FDJ.fr’s Arnaud Démare answers TdF call of nature – by nipping into fan’s motorhome

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

by Simon_MacMichael   July 20, 2014  

Arnaud Demare answers call of nature YouTube still

 

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.

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Titter, titter.

posted by Joelsim [1444 posts]
20th July 2014 - 13:19

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Great! Love it!
Perhaps he needed to "loose a bit of weight" ??!!

posted by cyclingdave70 [29 posts]
20th July 2014 - 14:48

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So the village green's not good enough for him eh? Bloomin French.

posted by bikebot [743 posts]
20th July 2014 - 16:07

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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 Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [9014 posts]
20th July 2014 - 17:05

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Was it a Dirk Hofman motorhome?

posted by SteppenHerring [227 posts]
20th July 2014 - 17:55

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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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posted by Otis Bragg [129 posts]
20th July 2014 - 22:36

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He's had a truly merde tour until now.

posted by Beaufort [184 posts]
20th July 2014 - 22:41

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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.

posted by andyp [1013 posts]
21st July 2014 - 9:52

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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 Devil

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

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posted by thesaladdays [42 posts]
21st July 2014 - 14:04

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The modern peloton has gone soft! Devil

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! Big Grin

posted by levermonkey [387 posts]
21st July 2014 - 15:28

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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!

posted by mickcee [37 posts]
21st July 2014 - 15:49

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Greg Lemond just shat as he rode...and still won the Tour.

posted by andyp [1013 posts]
22nd July 2014 - 7:43

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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! Confused

Feel the fear and do it anyway

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posted by hood [117 posts]
23rd July 2014 - 18:34

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