Mark Cavendish had a few choice words for sprint rival Francisco Ventoso after breaking his Giro duck with a belated sprint win on Tuesday.
It's just a pity those words were quite hard to follow or comprehend.
Before the resumption of the race after Monday's rest day, Spaniard Ventoso had sounded off to Italian sports sheet Gazzetta, claiming Cavendish should have been kicked out of the race on Sunday for being dragged along by his team car.
"He should just be happy that he's still in the race," harrumphed Ventoso. "He should have been disqualified for holding on to his car up the climb of Etna. It's a shame, because everyone is having a huge struggle to get up within the time limit, and then there's someone who clings on to his team car without the judges doing anything about it."
Cav's reply - besides emphatically beating Ventoso to take the spoils in Teramo - was rather cryptic and involved talk of his in-race calls of nature.
"I know what he (Ventoso) said," he deadpanned. "If I stop for a p*** or a wheel change I have the cameras in my face - and it's always like that with me."
Cavendish added that his HTC-Highroad team were winning the fairplay league, adding: "I know what I do and my team do too."
As far as defences go, it's far from water tight - but who is Saddles to complain? BS didn't actually see any pictures of Cavendish as he laboured up the slopes of Etna, coming home 26:35 behind stage winner Alberto Contador - just 25 seconds within the cut-off point which ended the Giro hopes of veteran Aussie sprinters Robbie McEwen and Graeme Browne. (Although, to be fair, the presence of 205 other riders at the start of the race in Turin did it for the chances of Messrs McEwen and Browne.)
It's not the first time Cavendish and Ventoso have come to metaphorical blows this season: the Manxman saw his Gent-Wevelgem chances dashed when his rear wheel was damaged while he was trying to avoid a falling Ventoso.
Speaking about the incident at the finish, Cavendish succinctly said: "Ventoso was it? F*** him."
With that in mind, it's hard to imagine the Movistar rider giving Cav some slack over his alleged Etna tugging. Still, it's clear a banned Cavendish would make Ventoso's job easier in these final stages open to the sprinters - so it all has to be taken with a pinch of salt.
This feud is bound to rumble on - but not for long. Cav will win stage 12 to Ravenna and then pull out of the race.
And the riders are unlikely to face each other until this September's Vuelta.