It’s not unusual for professional cyclists to get abuse – Chris Froome was spat at repeatedly on his way to winning the Tour de France last year – but what is a bit more out of the ordinary is for them to stop and give some back.
We’re not quite sure what it is that cycling fans from the Netherlands have against Europcar’s Thomas Voeckler – in 2011, on the day he lost the yellow jersey at the Tour, he had a torrid time going through Dutch Corner on Alpe d’Huez – but here he is on Friday’s Stage 13 to Chamrousse, giving it back with interest.
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.