Spectator sprays Mark Cavendish with urine during Tour de France time trial

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

by Simon_MacMichael   July 10, 2013  

Mark Cavendish in Omega Pharma Quick Step kit

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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BTTL F PSS...

posted by farrell [1275 posts]
10th July 2013 - 14:38

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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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posted by koko56 [312 posts]
10th July 2013 - 14:38

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I laughed, by taste? Yeck. Poor guy

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posted by badkneestom [127 posts]
10th July 2013 - 14:50

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It could have just been a "Sports Drink" with electrolytes in. Most of them taste like piss.

posted by The Rumpo Kid [590 posts]
10th July 2013 - 15:02

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I hope it wasn't "tainted" urine and that he goes and fails a drugs test now Devil Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [8665 posts]
10th July 2013 - 16:09

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how does he know what pee tastes like?

posted by Karbon Kev [666 posts]
10th July 2013 - 16:19

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farrell wrote:
BTTL F PSS...

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

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damnit

posted by nuclear coffee [107 posts]
10th July 2013 - 16:35

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Karbon Kev wrote:
how does he know what pee tastes like?

One name....Peta....

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posted by Gkam84 [8665 posts]
10th July 2013 - 16:51

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Who would have thought that Cav would get a yellow jersey in the tt? Smile

posted by Edgar Alan Poe [1 posts]
10th July 2013 - 18:05

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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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posted by Cooks [477 posts]
10th July 2013 - 18:09

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I hope the idiot who threw urine got caught!

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posted by Mattrb78 [21 posts]
10th July 2013 - 18:20

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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 Thinking

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posted by stumps [2657 posts]
10th July 2013 - 18:53

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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.

posted by Tom Amos [236 posts]
10th July 2013 - 19:32

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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.

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posted by banzicyclist2 [183 posts]
10th July 2013 - 22:56

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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.
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posted by bikeboy76 [1181 posts]
10th July 2013 - 23:21

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Whoops, slow internet needed refreshing, double post.
Add three to my post total. Devil

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posted by bikeboy76 [1181 posts]
10th July 2013 - 23:30

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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.)

posted by The Rumpo Kid [590 posts]
10th July 2013 - 23:58

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