Paris: Cyclist Chris Froome said he had a cup of urine thrown at him by a fan during stage 14 of the Tour de France.
Froome extended his lead over new second-placed rider Nairo Quintana to 3 min 10sec, but his dominance of the race has brought about claims of doping and innuendo.
The Team Sky rider’s remarks about the crowd on the stage from Rodez to Mende came less than 24 hours after team-mate Richie Porte made claims he had been punched by a spectator.
Speaking at the finish line, Froome said: “There was a bit of a dampener on today’s stage for me. It was on a drag about 50, 60km into the race. I had some team-mates around me – they also saw the incident.
“I was boxed in a little bit on the left, so I couldn’t move away from it. I saw this guy just peering around – it looked a bit strange – and as I got there he just launched this cup towards me and said, ‘Doper’. There is no mistake it was urine.
“That is unacceptable on so many different levels. We are professionals, we work extremely hard to do what we do and for someone to come and disrespect us like that, that is not on. That is not in the name of sport. That is not why we’re here.”