The team manager of Omega-Pharma-Quick Step, who Mark Cavendish rides for, said the British cyclist was "disappointed" after a spectator threw urine over him during the Tour de France.
Patrick Lefevere said: "You should think he was very angry, but he was not angry, he was more disappointed, he didn't expect this kind of reaction from the public.
"The cycling public is known to be a fair public, we do not have hooligans".
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