A cheeky fan who mooned the Tour de France peloton during Sunday’s Bastille Day stage got more than he bargained for when a Bahrain-Merida rider slapped him on the behind as he rode past.
The spectator was one of a trio who turned their backs, pants down, on the race as it passed by them during Stage 9 from Saint-Etienne to Brioude.
The footage, now viewed more than 1 million times, was posted to Twitter by Tricotte69 who said: “Surely the video of the year.”
— Tricotte (@Tricotte69) July 14, 2019
The unnamed rider could have been thrown out of the race under Article 29.2 of its rules, which relate to "indecent appearance or inappropriate behaviour" – although it appears no action has been taken against him.
As in previous years, this edition of the race has seen organisers remind fans via social media to respect the riders competing in the race.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.