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Tour de France: Spectator throws urine at Mark Cavendish

1.06K   //    11 Jul 2013, 11:50 IST

Mark Cavendish

Omega Pharma-QuickStep Mark Cavendish had urine thrown at him by a spectator while he was competing in the 11th stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday. The 28-year-old British cyclist Cavendish was upset over the incident and has not spoken about it in public.

Team manager, Patrick Lefevere expressed his disappointment over the incident. Lefevere said that some spectators were unhappy over Cavendish’s crash with Tom Veelers near the end of Tuesday’s 10th stage.

Lefevere said: “Probably some spectators were not very pleased with what happened yesterday and they yelled to him and then one other idiot threw urine at him. I regret this. I always felt that cycling fans were gentlemen, enthusiastic people.”

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong voiced his opinion on the matter as he tweeted: “Why all the sudden shock and outrage. This has been happening for 100 years in some form or another.”

Tour leader Chris Froome also expressed his disappointment over the incident and said, “It’s one of the beauties of our sport that anyone can come and watch and anyone can get into it and enjoy the excitement, and really get up close to the top riders in the world.

“Mark’s one of the big characters in the sport, some people love him, some hate him, but to do something disrespectful like that is really sad.”

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