A Tour de France spectator who induced a massive crash on stage 1 could be going through lawful action from the race organisers.
Race deputy director Pierre-Yves Thouault advised AFP, “We are suing this girl who behaved so poorly.
“We are doing this so that the tiny minority of folks who do this really don’t spoil the demonstrate for everyone.”
The incident came with 45km to go as the peloton was in pursuit of lone breakaway rider Ide Schelling (Bora-Hansgrohe). Jumbo-Visma was foremost the peloton with Tony Martin second wheel on the correct-hand aspect of the highway.
A spectator keeping a massive indication that reported ‘Allez Opi-Omi’ (a German phrase of endearment for grandparents) experienced their again to the peloton with the sign sticking out into the road at handlebar peak. Martin had nowhere to go, with far more followers and a deep culvert on the side of the slender highway and strike the indication.
Martin crashed, setting off a chain reaction that introduced down almost the overall peloton.
“We experienced everything under handle till the crash,” Martin said in a staff push release. “I introduced the fellas to the entrance by using the suitable facet of the road, but crashed into the signal of the spectator. It all occurred very rapidly out of the blue almost the complete workforce was on the ground. Many spectators behave respectfully, but however not this one particular. Fortunately, Primoz came via it properly. I hope the bodily hurt to myself and the other men is manageable.”
Authorities are continue to searching for the man or woman who induced the incident, according to L’Equipe.
The Landerneau gendarmerie is investigating the “manifestly deliberate violation of an obligation of safety or prudence”.
The crash, a single of two on the stage, observed Jasha Sütterlin (DSM) transported to clinic with an hurt hand. He was cleared of any fractures. Eight other riders received cure from the race medical doctor right after the incident with extra wounded but not formally recorded in the professional medical bulletin.
Defending champion Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) was held up in the crash but rebounded to complete sixth on the phase guiding winner Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep). Nonetheless, his teammate Marc Hirschi suffered a divided shoulder in the crash.
Italian winner Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious) and Belgian winner Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) as very well as his team chief Primož Roglič – last year’s runner-up – also went down but concluded the phase.
A 2nd crash with 7.9km to go, brought on by a contact of wheels inside the peloton, led to even extra injuries. At least 25 riders have been injured on the phase, with Marc Soler (Movistar), Cyril Lemoine (B&B Accommodations-KTM) and Ignatas Konovalovas (Groupama-FDJ) the other riders to abandon the race.
I hope Omi & Opi are proud of you.. On a major note nevertheless fantastic to see nevertheless quite a few spectators are loving our activity and cheering for us, but remember to, remain on the facet of the street, not on the highway! pic.twitter.com/0sU4yKR3nkJune 26, 2021
Remain household with opi & omi ! #TDF2021 #Bretagne pic.twitter.com/IddxtE4XOJJune 26, 2021