Mark Cavendish has revealed the reason he stopped on the climb of The Struggle in Cumbria during Monday’s Stage 2 of the Tour of Britain to talk with a spectator.
Television coverage showed the Dimension Data rider remonstrating with a young man on the tough climb, shortly after he had finished a turn at the front of the main group on behalf of team mate Steve Cummings.
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Speaking to ITV ahead of the start of yesterday’s Stage 3, the 31-year-old revealed that the spectator, showing off in front of his friends, had been “shouting abuse” at the riders.
Insisting “there was no aggression,” Cavendish added that he offered his bike to the youngster with the suggestion that he attempt the climb himself – one that seemed to have been declined.
The sprinter was missing from the group that contested the finish of today’s Stage 4 in Builth Wells, won by Dutch champion Dylan Groenewegen of LottoNL-Jumbo from Great Britain's Dan McLay, with Ben Swift of Team Sky third.
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