Mark Cavendish stops on Tour of Britain stage two to remonstrate with a fan (video)

Mark Cavendish stops on a climb to have words with a spectator during stage two of the Tour of Britain

The Tour of Britain is a great way to get close up to your favourite cyclists, with the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins and Alex Dowsett possibly passing within inches of you on the roadside.

But one fan got a little closer to Mark Cavendish that he was expecting during stage two between Carlisle and Kendal as the Manxman stopped at the side of the road to have a few words with him.

Unfortunately for the spectator it didn't look like Cav was enquiring whether he was having a good day or enjoying the spectacle of the Tour of Britain, but more like the rider was berating him for doing something wrong.

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The television coverage didn't catch what it was the chap did to evoke the reaction from Cavendish - some media outlets and people on social media are saying that he was holding a selfie stick, but on the video it looks like a small flag.

Whatever he did, he was looking awfully sheepish when Cavendish was 'having words' with him, so he'll probably not do it again at a cycling race for a while.

The Tour of Britain continues on Tuesday with a stage between Congleton and Tatton Park.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.