Froome leaps to Cav's defence
Thursday 11th July, 2013 on SPORT24
Mont-Saint-Michel - Tour de France leader Chris Froome came to the defence of former team-mate Mark Cavendish on Wednesday and hit out at the spectator who threw urine at the British sprint star. The incident happened during the 11th stage of the Tour de France, a 33-kilometre individual time-trial between Avranches and Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy. It came a day after he was blamed for a collision that sent Argos rider Tom Veelers crashing to the ground in Saint-Malo.
“It is disappointing to hear about one individual like that,”
Cavendish did not talk to the media after the race, but Froome, speaking after holding on to the yellow jersey, said what happened "ruined" what has otherwise been a wonderful atmosphere throughout the 100th staging of the sport's greatest race. "It is disappointing to hear about one individual like that," he said.
“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,”
Anyone can come and watch at the side of the road and enjoy the excitement and really get close to the top riders in the world. "Mark is one of the big characters in the sport, and some people love him, some people hate him.
“The cycling public is known for being very fair, we have no hooligans, but there are thousands and thousands of people on the roads and not everybody is a gentleman,”
Earlier in the day, Omega Pharma team CEO Patrick Lefevere confirmed that Cavendish had been insulted by spectators and attacked by one individual on the race route.
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