Dimension Data rider explains he'd just had what Carlton Kirby describes as "comfort break"...

If you're a regular TV viewer of the Tour de France, you'll be familiar with the scenario; one of the jersey wearers, or a big-name rider, is spotted trying to get back to the peloton, and immediately there's speculation as to whether he crashed, or had a puncture or some other mechanical.

Often, there's a far simpler explanation though, as evidenced by this footage from today's Stage 10 to Revel when Mark Cavendish was seen chasing back on.

The Dimension Data rider, non-plussed, tells the moto rider and cameraman, "I took a piss," repeating the phrase for added effect ... followed by Eurosport UK's Carlton Kirby translating that for viewers as the Manxman having taken "a comfort break."

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.