Belgian veteran Stijn Devolder misses time cut in 11.9km time trial...because he needed the toilet

The former Tour of Flanders winner couldn't avoid the call of nature during the Etoile de Bessèges TT

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Belgian Stijn Devolder (Vérandas Willems-Crelan) missed the time cut at the Etoile de Bessèges's short 11.9km time trial on Sunday in Alès, France, due to a toilet break.

"Serious gut problems" forced the 37-year-old former national time trial champion and double Tour of Flanders winner to stop. He returned to his Felt bike, but his time fell outside the 3-25-minute time limit based on the winning time of Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal).

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.