A cheeky fan who mooned the Tour de France peloton during Sunday’s Bastille Day stage got more than he bargained for when a Bahrain-Merida rider slapped him on the behind as he rode past.
The spectator was one of a trio who turned their backs, pants down, on the race as it passed by them during Stage 9 from Saint-Etienne to Brioude.
The footage, now viewed more than 1 million times, was posted to Twitter by Tricotte69 who said: “Surely the video of the year.”
— Tricotte (@Tricotte69) July 14, 2019
The unnamed rider could have been thrown out of the race under Article 29.2 of its rules, which relate to "indecent appearance or inappropriate behaviour" – although it appears no action has been taken against him.
As in previous years, this edition of the race has seen organisers remind fans via social media to respect the riders competing in the race.
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.