MONT-SAINT-MICHEL, France — Mark Cavendish believes a roadside spectator sprayed him with urine during the Tour de France time trial on Wednesday, his team manager said.
Patrick Lefevere of Omega Pharma-Quick Step said it may have been linked to anger among some fans who claimed — unfairly in his view — that Cavendish intentionally bumped into Dutch rider Tom Veelers and caused him to crash in the final sprint a day earlier.
“[Cavendish] explained to the other guys in the bus that the public was not very fair with him, and then somebody put some urine on him,” Lefevere told The Associated Press after the 11th stage.
Meanwhile, halfway through the Tour de France, Chris Froome appears unstoppable after extending the lead on his rivals in the time trial.
Although Froome missed out on his second stage win by 12 seconds to winner Tony Martin of Germany, the stage 11 performance felt like a big victory for the British rider because his challengers were at least two minutes slower.
Spanish rider Alejandro Valverde is still in second place overall but 3 minutes, 25 seconds behind Froome.