Mark Cavendish stopped halfway up the climb of The Struggle during today’s Stage 2 of the Tour of Britain to turn his bike around and have a word with a spectator, with TV cameras catching the aftermath, but not what led to the incident.
Footage posted to Twitter by the Bike Channel shows Cavendish stopped by the spectator – holding what looks like a selfie stick – and gesturing back down the road, before resuming the climb.
The person he had been addressing didn’t seem too fazed, turning away with what seemed to be the beginning of a smirk.
— BIKE (@BIKEchannelUK) 5 September 2016
Shortly beforehand, Cavendish had pulled at the front of the main group on the early part of the tough climb, working for Steve Cummings, his Dimension Data team mate.
Cummings, twice an overall runner-up at the Tour of Britain, would later contest the win in Kendal with Julien Vermote of Etixx-Quick Step, with the Belgian proving too strong in the sprint and taking the stage and with it the race lead.
Vermote’s team mate Dan Martin led the chasing group home, nearly a minute behind.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.