Tour de France 2021 – Stage 1 crash caused by a spectator
- During stage 1 of the Tour de France, a fan caused a huge crash that swept away the majority of the peloton.
- Tour de France organizers have said they will take legal action against the spectator who caused the massive pile-up.
The roadside fan who caused a giant crash on Saturday during the first stage of the Tour de France 2021 will be prosecuted by the organizers.
A woman held up a banner as she stood by the side of the road, staring directly at the motorbikes’ television cameras, her back turned to the peloton at full speed.
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German rider Tony Martin from Jumbo Visma passed her and was knocked off balance near the front of the field, and when he fell it caused a horrific domino effect, creating a tangle of bikes and bodies.
German DSM rider Jasha Sutterlin was the only one who had to retire at this point but several people were injured, including spectators.
“We are suing this woman who behaved so badly,” deputy director of the Tour, Pierre-Yves Thouault, told AFP.
âWe’re doing this so that the small minority of people who do this don’t ruin the show for everyone,â he said.
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Bahrain-Victorious Italian champion Sonny Colbrelli and Jumbo Visma’s Dutch Wout van Aert, who crushed Martin before falling head over heels, were both among the favorites to win the first hilltop stage, but both have been seriously delayed.
Two Ineos runners, Richie Porte and Tao Geoghegan Hart, both lost time, while champion Tadej PogaÄar saw his right arm Marc Hirschi seriously injured.
According to the regional newspaper West France the woman who was wearing a yellow jacket fled and has still not been found.
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