Cyclist Calls People Taking Tour De France Selfies A “Pain In The Arse”

Cyclists are blasting people who stand in front of riders to take selfies.

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Cyclist Geraint Thomas has said people taking selfies in front of Tour de France riders are the “new pain in the arse.”

Spend hours waiting on Holme Moss for Tour de France. Turn back when riders arrive to get a selfie. #brokenbritain

Alexander Britton@adbritton

Spend hours waiting on Holme Moss for Tour de France. Turn back when riders arrive to get a selfie. #brokenbritain

7:24 PM - 06 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The Team Sky cyclist spoke out against the selfie takers, saying that they posed a safety risk to the riders. He said that if people want selfies, they should "stand on a wall."

Thomas said that people did not understand how fast cyclists go and how much of the road they use. He added: "The worst thing is when people have got their backs to the peloton taking selfies. I had a few of those and they don't see us coming and are stood in the road and it is very dodgy."

American professional cyclist Tejay van Garderen also blasted people who took selfies on Twitter.

A dangerous mix of vanity and stupidity.........

Tejay van Garderen@tejay_van

A dangerous mix of vanity and stupidity.........

5:11 PM - 06 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Standing I the middle of the road with you back turned while 200 cyclists come at you, just to take a selfie. #think #TDF2014

Tejay van Garderen@tejay_van

Standing I the middle of the road with you back turned while 200 cyclists come at you, just to take a selfie. #think #TDF2014

5:12 PM - 06 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

That being said, I love the crowds and thank you for your support. But please give us room. Gonna ice my knee now.

Tejay van Garderen@tejay_van

That being said, I love the crowds and thank you for your support. But please give us room. Gonna ice my knee now.

5:13 PM - 06 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

British rider Simon Yates, also voiced his frustration with the selfie takers: "The crowd support in England was amazing. The only real complaint was people taking selfies in the middle of the bunch and having their back to the peloton."

So if you're watching the riders in London today, try not to do this.

Tour de france selfie #tourdefrance

Or this.

Got a selfie with some of the Tour de France cyclists #naebad

Scott Macgregor@ScottMacG_

Got a selfie with some of the Tour de France cyclists #naebad

1:24 PM - 06 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Or this.

Not a great selfie! And not even looking in lense lol great day watching the tour de France on buttertubs in hawes ;)

Malcolm Lewis@m_lewisdesigns

Not a great selfie! And not even looking in lense lol great day watching the tour de France on buttertubs in hawes ;)

11:28 PM - 05 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Or this.

Or this.

Avoid standing in front of the cyclists, even if they're giving you the thumbs up.

Best Tour De France selfie ever? @ITV @letour @KatieHolroyde #amazing

Fran Reeve@FranJReeve

Best Tour De France selfie ever? @ITV @letour @KatieHolroyde #amazing

3:22 PM - 06 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Basically, try and avoid being a pain in the arse for the cyclists.