Tour de France 2014: 'Selfies are the new pain in the arse for cyclists,' blasts Geraint Thomas

The picture craze has frustrated cyclists as they travel through Britain

Selfies are the "new pain in the arse" for cyclists at the Tour de France as it travels though Britain, rider Geraint Thomas has said.

The Team Sky cyclist has warned that spectators taking the pictures pose a safety risk for the riders, as they have their backs to the road to get that all-important shot of themselves in, with Thomas claiming that they should "stand on a wall" when taking selfies.

"The worst thing is when people have got their backs to the peloton taking selfies,” the Welshman said. “I had a few of those and they don’t see us coming and are stood in the road and it is very dodgy.

"If you are on the front you can see it, but if you are a couple of people back you suddenly see them and you can hit them. There have been too many big accidents with riders hitting spectators and you don’t want to see that.

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"There is not much racing on British roads and people don’t understand how fast we go and how much of the road we use. If they want selfies they should stand on a wall."

 

Thomas is not alone in his frustration with the smartphone craze, the American Tejay van Garderen described selfies as  "a dangerous mix of vanity and stupidity".

Le Tour completes its British leg today, with stage 3 from  Cambridge to London. The riders will start in Le Touquet tomorrow.

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