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Europcar rider stops mid-climb to dish it back

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.

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Jonny_Trousers [277 posts] 2 years ago
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Pretty dull video, but Tommy V's a legend.

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mlimburn [29 posts] 2 years ago
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 41 on the you tube page it says he was upset about selfie takers, Go Tommy V.

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krlblack [6 posts] 2 years ago
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He won the yellow on stage 9 after being in the break with Hoogerland when he crashed. Maybe the Dutch are resentful he never sat up? Flecha (who also crashed) has made comments about not being waited on before.

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levermonkey [683 posts] 2 years ago
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Not sure what the original comment was but it does sound like the Dutchman is saying "Sorry, Sorry!" after Voeckler challenges him.

Alsatian 1; Dutch 'Soft-cock' 0  19

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Metjas [362 posts] 2 years ago
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anyone worked out a transcript yet of what was said?

I guess like in any sport, you have 'good' fans and 'not so good' fans!

I like Tommy.

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Nigel @bpmcoaching [3 posts] 2 years ago
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Good for him, have some respect armchair critics, its not a football match.

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WashoutWheeler [43 posts] 2 years ago
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Thomas Voeckler is an absolute legend!! I am glad he gave it to them no need for it.

I was riding back down from Les Planche des Belles filles last monday and saw some people waving and shouting, I looked left and saw it was Thomas cycling next to me, he gave me a grin and shot off down the road made my day complete!

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ajmarshal1 [417 posts] 2 years ago
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He says; "Have you ever ridden a bike?"

Go Tommy V. Legend.

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jmaccelari [250 posts] 2 years ago
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Ups to Thomas!

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HarrogateSpa [437 posts] 2 years ago
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Alright, I'll be the one to break ranks. I can't stand Voeckler.

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WolfieSmith [1348 posts] 2 years ago
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There's always one. Meanwhile back in Positive Land - Tommy is the business.

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Shades [321 posts] 2 years ago
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Energy bars at 30 paces!

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andyp [1479 posts] 2 years ago
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'There's always one.'

There's many more than one. The guy's a cock.

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Metjas [362 posts] 2 years ago
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andyp wrote:

The guy's a cock.

more of those on the roadside than on a bike.

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sanderville [350 posts] 2 years ago
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I thought he said "watch out for les velos" because the guy was leaning out too far into the road.

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darrenleroy [216 posts] 2 years ago
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What's wrong with him? Seriously, he's not that bad is he?

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Colin Peyresourde [1786 posts] 2 years ago
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Voeckler is pretty annoying. Though I like him in small part because he's upset the main contenders before. I find him wheedling in many ways.

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dwbeever [54 posts] 2 years ago
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Yes, this is the source of some Dutch fans resentment. I think they are wholly wrong though - instead it would be fairer to see the Dutch target badly driven support/press vehicles....

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notfastenough [3717 posts] 2 years ago
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Tommy V is cool. I love it when he animates a race.