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Urine thrown at Cavendish during Tour

ESPN staff
July 10, 2013
Mark Cavendish was said to be "really disappointed" after having urine thrown at him © Getty Images

British national champion Mark Cavendish has had urine thrown at him by a spectator during Wednesday's Stage 11 of the Tour de France, according to the Omega Pharma rider's team-mate Jerome Pineau.

Cavendish was involved in a wheel-to-wheel incident during the final 200 metres of Tuesday's 197km stage 10 between St-Gildas-des-Bois and Saint Malo, touching shoulders with Tom Veermans in the sprint finish.

The crash saw the Dutch rider tumble off his saddle and also ended the Brit's hopes of stage victory.

However, the Manxman was quick to dispel blame on his part for the coming together, and was later cleared by the race organisers - but reaction escalated on social networking site Twitter.

Cavendish was one of the early starters in Wednesday's 33km individual time-trial from Avranches to Mont-Saint-Michel, when a spectator seemingly threw the liquid at the 28-year-old from a bottle.

While not wanting to comment on the incident, Cavendish is said by the BBC to be "really disappointed" - before Frenchman Pineau took to Twitter to register his own upset over what had happened.

Pineau added that he had been "proud" of the support throughout the race up until now, but he was now "ashamed" after hearing of Wednesday's incident.

Omega Pharma boss Patrick Lefevere told the BBC that "some spectators were not very pleased with what happened yesterday and they yelled at [Cavendish]. One put urine on him.

"[Mark] is really disappointed. He's not upset, he's more down because he thinks - and I think he's right - that he didn't deserve it.

"He can maybe have a handshake tomorrow morning with Tom Veelers if he agrees with this. This case has to be closed."

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