Fan asked Sir Chris Hoy for photo at urinal

Sir Chris Hoy was surprised by a fan at a urinal.  Picture: Michael Gillen
Sir Chris Hoy was surprised by a fan at a urinal. Picture: Michael Gillen
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SIR Chris Hoy has revealed that an outrageously over-familiar fan asked him for a photo - at a urinal.

The Scottish cycling legend was asked about the most inappropriate approach by a fan.

The six-times Olympic gold medalist replied: “I was in Italy for a race and I was in a public toilet at the urinal.

“I was just standing there having a pee and this guy tapped me on the shoulder and he says, ‘Photo?’

“Literally I was mid-stream so, yeah, that was definitely it.”

Sir Chris, in an interview with the customer website of power firm SSE, also revealed what he would do if he could be anonymous for a day.

He said: “I’d like to go back to the kind of pubs I used to go to when I was in my early 20s in Edinburgh.

“To just go out with my friends and live a normal night out.”

He added: “At the moment if I went out to those places now you often get spotted, and then you don’t spend your night talking to your friends.

“Instead you’re just chatting to people who want to come up and say hello and it’s great when they do come up.

“But I think it would be quite nice to go under the radar a little bit for just one night and spend it with my friends.”

But Sir Chris insisted he would not change anything, saying the positives far outweigh the negatives.

“When you do get more recognition or more recognised when you’re out and about it does change things a little but you can’t complain.

“There’s no doubt your social life and the time you can spend with your family and pretty much everything actually it is compromised because you need to be committed.

“I don’t like to think of it as a sacrifice because you’re doing something you love and you’re getting a huge amount back from it.

“It is an amazing opportunity to be able to do your sport as your life and be able to make a living out of your sport.”