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Footage of rider's response to cheeky fan viewed more than a million times on Twitter...

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.”

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.

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.