When cyclists lose their temper, it can have comical outcomes

After Thibaut Pinot just had to have his own bike on stage four of the 2015 Tour de France, and then lost three minutes as a result, we had a look at the best hissy fits in professional cycling.

With the pressure mounted on professional cyclists, it’s little surprise that when things go wrong tempers can fray. In celebration of pros getting a bit hot under the collar, we have put together the best cycling hissy fits.

These videos are similar to our round-up of the best bike throws, but stroppier.

Videos contain verbal, written and/or gestured swearing

Marcel Kittel doesn’t like that rear wheel

Cycling Weekly hissometer score: 9/10

The final stage of the Tour de France is called, by some, the World Championships for sprinters. The classifications are wrapped up and most of the peloton enjoys the processional stage into Paris.

But for the quick men, the final finish line on the Champs-Élysées is often the biggest prize of the whole three weeks.

Marcel Kittel (Etixx-Quick Step) had only one stage to his name coming into the final day and had won here before in both 2013 and 2014, so the pressure high – even if he found it to not be high enough in his tyres…

Unfortunately, a sequence that ended with him lobbing a rear wheel (which bounced and hit a rival team car) showed that perhaps this year the pressure was too much. Kittel chased back on but did not feature in the final sprint.

What preceded the footage shown above was Kittel at first changing bikes and then finding something wrong with the rear wheel on the new bike, which is the one he sent flying.

At least he didn’t throw his whole bike this time.

The 2016 final stage winner was André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal), which was the salvation of his race and kept his Grand Tour stage wins sequence going after what had been an otherwise below par three weeks.

Thibaut Pinot will only ride Thibaut Pinot’s bike

Cycling Weekly hissometer score: 9/10

The inspiration for this round-up, Pinot was not best pleased when he required a bike change on the cobbled stage at the 2015 Tour, and his team car was nowhere in sight.

Offered a teammate’s machine, he made it more than clear that this was not the solution he wanted.

Meanwhile, Tony Martin also suffered a mechanical, gladly accepted his teammate’s bike, blew everyone away with a solo break and moved into the yellow jersey at the 2015 Tour de France.

It’s this contrast in attitudes that gives Pinot such a high hissometer score.

Don’t touch Cadel

Cycling Weekly hissometer score: 9/10

Happy to have moved into the yellow jersey, and receive the prize lion that comes with the race lead, Cadel Evans did not appreciate someone stroking its mane/tapping him on the shoulder.

Thankfully it wasn’t his little dog this time, otherwise he may have reacted even more strongly.

Cav’s helmet bears the brunt

Cycling Weekly hissometer score: 8/10

Not really a classic bike throw, more of an annoyed drop, it’s Mark Cavendish‘s helmet that really gets a throwing.

Following a failed attempt at a sprint stage win in the 2010 Tour de France, Cav’s frustration boiled over on his return to the team bus.

This incident paled into insignificance when he won the final stage on the Champs-Elysées to take his tally that year to five stages.

Don’t nick Robbie’s bottle

Cycling Weekly hissometer score: 8/10

Rolling back to the team bus after a rain soaked team time trial at the 2004 Tour de France, Robbie McEwan was less than happy when some young fans made a dash for his water bottle.

Retrieving the bottle and letting them know what he thinks in no uncertain terms, the Australian sprinter will have left his mark on the people of Arras.

Wiggo clashes with a cameraman

Cycling Weekly hissometer score: 8/10

Chasing stage winner Peter Sagan, the cameraman had no time to check if the race favourite was within headshot of his swinging camera. Not to worry though, Bradley Wiggins made his presence known.

Warning: explicit verbal and written language on this one

Tommy V. is not happy

Cycling Weekly hissometer score: 8/10

During his personal best stint of 10 stages in the yellow jersey at the 2011 Tour, Thomas Voeckler buried himself to hold the race lead for as long as he could.

That effort took its toll, as we can see here when he makes his feelings known to his faithful teammates.

Cavendish again: annoyed with the attention of a cameraman

Cycling Weekly hissometer score: 7/10

To be fair, I’d be quite irritated if I’d just finished a natural break and someone on a motorbike was pointing a camera at me.

Here we find Cavendish making his feelings about the moto perfectly clear as he chases back on to the peloton at the Tour de France.

A dog is not Gilbert’s best friend

Cycling Weekly hissometer score: 6/10

This is not the first time an irresponsible dog owner or inattentive parent has allowed their animal/child to cause havoc at the Tour de France.

This time though, Philippe Gilbert puffed out his chest and stormed over to let the errant pet owner know what he thought of them. It’s a bit of an anti-climax.

For those keen to point out riders chucking their bikes around, have a look at our round-up of the best bike throws.

If you’ve spotted any more cycling hissy fits, let us know in the comments below.  

  • Pat

    The dutch man should have stood his ground and told him to get on his bike and do one.

  • Gecko2020

    sorry, sorry, sorry!

  • Robert Badger

    Oh, bog off!

  • EVERYONE is born an atheist

    Minor detail? Nope. Nice try though. The entire point of your statement was about him sounding manly.

  • Stevie

    Pedantic – to be excessively concerned with minor details or rules.

  • EVERYONE is born an atheist

    Uh, yea, sure… You said “to sound slighlty manly”. If you said he could have tried to sound less childish then maybe you’d have a point.

  • Stevie

    No simply because he sounds like a child having a tantrum. I think your reading far to deep into this. If you didn’t appreciate my comment simply just ignore it, stop trying to be a do gooder the world has enough of those already.

  • EVERYONE is born an atheist

    To appease your sense of male identity? Get over it.

  • Diesel Cummins

    McEwen was always throwing hissy fits, in 98 I forget the town, (may have been Montpellier?) when a Danish fan was so irate at McEwen’s temper tantrum after attempting to punch a fellow rider, the Dane almost knocked his head off, and he was cheered on by the crowd, myself included as McEwen so deserved a good slap that day, he behaved appallingly, like an arrogant petulant schoolboy who had just thrown his toys out of his pram, many of us who witnessed that episode lost all respect for him that day and he never earned it back, we jeered him mercilessly on the mountain stages though. Not proud of that either looking back nearly 20 years but……..on the whole he deserved it.

  • asa

    Pinot’s teammate is a lot taller – check the saddle. L’Equipe has an interview with him where he explains … though it might have been smarter if FDJ had sent a similar sized rider to shadow him as their car was no. 13 in line.

  • Stevie

    Never said he didn’t, that doesn’t change the fact he sounds like a 5 year old boy.

  • Roger

    He’s probably got more important stuff on his mind than trying to “sound manly.”

  • Stevie

    he could of at least tried to sound slightly manly in displaying his upset though.

  • Julian Duquemin

    With regards to Cadel Evans, you’d be pretty pissed if someone was trying to grab your shoulder after you’d damaged it in a crash too.

  • Claus Skjold Qvist Christensen

    Bjarne Riis not happy with his time trail bike in 1997 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFzteK_y1b4&feature=youtu.be&t=45s

  • folano