Urine testing is nothing new in the sport of cycling, as doping has run rampant over the past several years. But at the Tour de France on Wednesday, a fan took things to a new extreme, throwing urine on cyclist Mark Cavendish, according to Sky Sports.
‘Involvement in a crash’
The incident occurred during Wednesday’s Stage 11 time trial, which stretched from Avranches to Mont-Saint-Michel. The motivations behind the fan’s actions are still unclear, but Sky Sports speculates that it may stem from Cavendish’s involvement in a crash that took out Tom Veelers during Stage 10 on Tuesday.
Despite the belief by many that Cavendish was to blame for the wreck, he was exonerated from any wrongdoing by race officials, according to William Fotheringham of The Guardian.
Perhaps that explanation wasn’t satisfactory for the fan in question, as the onlooker went to great lengths in order to express dismay with Cavendish’s actions.
Cavendish won’t be a factor in the overall standings, as he currently sits in 148th place, but he is one of the world’s most accomplished sprinters. He is third in the sprint standings, but he has a chance to make some headway as the event continues. It will be interesting to see if this incident has any effect on his performance.
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Source: Mike Chiari | Bleacher Report
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