Ewww: Fan Tosses Urine on Tour Rider

Britain's Mark Cavendish gets sprayed

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 10, 2013 4:23 PM CDT

(Newser) – British bicyclist Mark Cavendish suffered some seriously unsportsmanlike conduct during the 11th stage of the Tour de France today when a spectator sprayed him with urine. The most unfortunate sentence of all, courtesy of the BBC: "The liquid was thrown from a bottle with the 28-year-old Cavendish initially thinking it was water before realizing what it was from the taste." Why the hate? The best guess is that the spectator was unhappy over an incident yesterday in which Cavendish bumped a Dutch rider and sent him crashing to the ground.

Cavendish swears it was an accident, and race organizers cleared him, but he reportedly told fellow riders today that spectators were jeering and whistling at him all day. The AP catches up with a tweet from none other than Lance Armstrong, who wasn't all that surprised: "why all the sudden shock and outrage. this has been happening for 100 years in some form or another." (And for the record, there's no evidence Justin Bieber was anywhere near France today: Click for that unfortunately related story.)

Mark Cavendish of Britain rides in the pack Tuesday.
Mark Cavendish of Britain rides in the pack Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Mark Cavendish of Britain rides during the 10th stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday.
Mark Cavendish of Britain rides during the 10th stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
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