July 22, 2012; Paris, FRANCE; From left Peter Sagan (SVK) , Bradley Wiggins (GBR) , Thomas Voeckler (FRA) and Tejay Van Garderen (USA) on the podium after stage twenty of the 2012 Tour de France in Paris. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Prevost/Presse Sports via USA TODAY Sports

Tour de France cyclist Thomas Voeckler stops mid-race to confront heckler

The Tour de France has been an interesting race this year with plenty of interesting side shows taking away from the actual race. The racers have had to endure fans walking out onto the course to take selfies, riders have had to stop to use restrooms in campers on the side of the courses.

Now there has been another confrontation between competitor and fans. Tour de France cyclist Thomas Voeckler was in his final climb of the day earlier this week when he heard some less than flattering comments coming from the viewers. Instead of pedaling on and trying to keep his momentum going, he stopped to turn and yell back at them.

The fan can be heard quickly apologizing and saying he is sorry. It is always surprising to see these fans talk so much trash when they expect to get no response and to watch them change their tune so quickly when they do.

Oddly, this isn’t the first time Voeckler has done this. From the Guardian in 2011:

Cycling through the corridor of idiots lining both sides of the roads, Thomas Voeckler begins screaming angrily at assorted Dutch fans who appear to be shouting abuse at him. “That anger will spur him on,” declares David Harmon on Eurosport.

[h/t] USA Today’s For The Win

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