Tour de France 'hooliganism' must stop, says UCI president Brian Cookson

UCI president Brian Cookson urges roadside fans to behave themselves during cycling events, after incidents of riders being spat at and punched during Tour de France

25 July 2015
102nd Tour de France
Stage 20 : Modane Valfrejus - Alpe d'Huez
Alpe d'Huez
Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) president Brian Cookson has condemned the behaviour of some fans during this year's Tour de France, branding their actions as 'hooliganism'.

There were several reported incidents of riders being spat at by spectators, with Tour winner Chris Froome (Team Sky) at one point being dowsed with urine. Sky's Richie Porte also said he was punched by a spectator on stage 10 of the race.

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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.