AVRANCHES - British cycling star Mark Cavendish had urine thrown at him by a spectator during the 11th stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday, his team have confirmed.
The incident happened during the 33-kilometre individual time-trial from Avranches to Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy, a day after Cavendish was blamed for a collision that sent Argos rider Tom Veelers crashing to the ground in Saint-Malo.
"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," said mega Pharma team CEO Patrick Lefevere.
"Mark is not upset, but he is really disappointed because he thinks he didn't deserve this."
Cavendish escaped without punishment following the clash with Veelers, which happened during a sprint for the line won by German rider Marcel Kittel.