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OPQS rider involved in controversial incident yesterday said to be "upset and disappointed" at today's episode...

Mark Cavendish has had urine thrown at him by a spectator during today’s Stage 11 individual time trial at the Tour de France.

It is unclear whether the incident is linked to yesterday’s controversial sprint finish in Saint-Malo when Cavendish and Argos-Shimano’s Tom Veelers collided.

However, Cavendish’s Omega Pharma-Quick Step team mate Jerome Pineau tweeted that his colleague had been whistled at and even had urine thrown at him during his time trial ride today.

Pineau added: “Yesterday I was so proud about the support all the race but today I am ashamed!!”

According to BBC Sport, Cavendish was said to be “upset and disappointed” over the episode during the 33 kilometre individual time trial from Avranches to Mont-Saint-Michel.

At first, he thought he had been sprayed with water from a bottle by a fan, but apparently realised its was urine as a result of the taste.

In that incident yesterday, Veelers hit the deck hard, and blamed the former world champion for the crash, but neither was sanctioned by the race jury.

Cavendish remained upright to finish third behind Veelers’ team mate Marcel Kittel, who beat Lotto-Belisol’s André Greipel to the line.

Today's individual time trial is currently being led by Cavendish's Omega Pharma-Quick Step colleague Tony Martin, the reigning world champion in the discipline.

Cavendish himself posted the 106th fastest time of the 128 riders to have finished so far.

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farrell [1950 posts] 2 years ago
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BTTL F PSS...

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koko56 [330 posts] 2 years ago
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Wonder if ferrari got this when he sent cav down. How spiteful and pathetioc that person must be to do something like this.

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badkneestom [135 posts] 2 years ago
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I laughed, by taste? Yeck. Poor guy

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The Rumpo Kid [589 posts] 2 years ago
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It could have just been a "Sports Drink" with electrolytes in. Most of them taste like piss.

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 2 years ago
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I hope it wasn't "tainted" urine and that he goes and fails a drugs test now  19 19

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Karbon Kev [688 posts] 2 years ago
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how does he know what pee tastes like?

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nuclear coffee [205 posts] 2 years ago
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farrell wrote:

BTTL F PSS...

Shouldn't laugh... serious case of harassment...

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damnit

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 2 years ago
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Karbon Kev wrote:

how does he know what pee tastes like?

One name....Peta....

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Edgar Alan Poe [1 post] 2 years ago
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Who would have thought that Cav would get a yellow jersey in the tt?  1

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Cooks [490 posts] 2 years ago
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You swine, I just logged in to crack that exact same joke and you beat me to second place. This must be how Peter Sagan feels.

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Mattrb78 [23 posts] 2 years ago
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I hope the idiot who threw urine got caught!

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stumps [3187 posts] 2 years ago
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I've heard of "taking the p*ss" but never of "giving the p*ss". Thats a new one to me  39

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Tom Amos [236 posts] 2 years ago
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To be serious for a moment, if I may be the Victor Mature of the commenters, this is a disgraceful act and I hope that the person who did it is paid a visit by the Gendarmerie.

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banzicyclist2 [299 posts] 2 years ago
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As if it wasn't hard enough. Regarding the crash, well sprinting for the line IS an agressive business, if you try to steal someones line, well lifes a bitch.

Interferring with the TdF should result in jail!  39

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Leviathan [1786 posts] 2 years ago
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Karbon Kev wrote:

how does he know what pee tastes like?

Most of your sense of taste is really just smell. I have never tasted pee but I am pretty damn sure I would be able to identify it if I drank some.
Fresh home made Apple juice anyone?

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Leviathan [1786 posts] 2 years ago
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Karbon Kev wrote:

how does he know what pee tastes like?

Most of your sense of taste is really just smell. I have never tasted pee but I am pretty damn sure I would be able to identify it if I drank some.
Fresh home made Apple juice anyone?

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Leviathan [1786 posts] 2 years ago
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Whoops, slow internet needed refreshing, double post.
Add three to my post total.  19

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The Rumpo Kid [589 posts] 2 years ago
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Interesting tweet:
"why all the sudden shock and outrage. this has been happening for 100 years in some form or another. piss, spit, fists, etc." Lance Armstrong.
He really is the gift that keeps on giving, isn't he?
(N.B. All errors in grammar and punctuation are his.)