Tour de France spectator arrested after causing first-stage pile-up with cardboard sign

A spectator is dealing with a hefty high-quality after their cardboard sign prompted a crash within the first stage of the Tour de France which left quite a few riders injured and compelled one star to retire

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A spectator who brought on an enormous crash on the primary stage of this year’s Tour de France has been arrested, in response to stories.

Race chiefs threatened to pursue authorized motion after the wrongdoer’s cardboard sign struck Tony Martin’s bike, prompting an accident which downed dozens of riders within the peloton.

French police opened an investigation into the incident and appealed for witnesses earlier than finding and arresting the particular person accountable in Landerneau, Brittany – the vacation spot of the primary stage.

That’s in response to RTL , whereas additional stories from France declare the perpetrator is dealing with a high-quality of €1,500 on costs of involuntarily causing harm.

The wrongdoer appeared to pose for tv cameras with out realising the peloton’s proximity

With 45 kilometres remaining on the route from Brest to Landerneau, the spectator stepped onto the correct fringe of the highway with their again turned.

This was so their sign – which was overhanging additional into the highway – could be picked up by tv cameras bearing the message ‘Allez Opi-Omi’, which interprets from German and French as ‘Go Grandpa and Grandma’.

The spectator seemed to be totally unaware of their proximity to the peloton and Martin had no room to maneuver to his left, which means his bike collided with the cardboard sign.

Martin was felled by the cardboard sign, prompting a mass pile-up

The Jumbo-Visma rider’s contact resulted in a ripple impact by way of the peloton and the crash left Team DSM star Jasha Sutterlin in hospital with an injured hand.

Meanwhile, Movistar rider Marc Soler managed to complete the stage however scans later confirmed he suffered fractures in each arms and he was compelled to desert the Tour.

An additional eight riders had been attended to by race docs and plenty of sustained minor accidents, with race deputy director Pierre-Yves Thouault threatening to sue the wrongdoer.

The crash rippled by way of the peloton and left quite a few riders requiring medical consideration

“We are doing this so that the tiny minority of people who do this don’t spoil the show for everyone,” he stated.

Police within the Finistere area positioned the one who brought on the crash after issuing a plea for witnesses on Facebook.

L’Equipe claims the alleged €1,500 high-quality might be the least of the spectator’s worries if particular person riders determine to pursue motion, as Soler has already hinted he would possibly.

Stage one was thrown into disarray – and the wrongdoer could also be dealing with critical penalties


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“It was such a difficult day,” stated Soler’s teammate Enric Mas following the crash. “The first stage of the Tour is always about avoiding crashes, with lots of stress.”

He added: “I was one of the last few riders able to get past the first crash, with Miguel Angel [Lopez] and Marc, right behind me, then involved.

“It’s so terrible, it was such dangerous luck – I hope each Marc, who appears to be struggling quite a bit with his wrist, and Miguel Angel can get well time and vitality.”

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