Tour de France: police are looking for a spectator who caused a big accident after holding up a sign | Cycling news

Cyclist Tony Martin entered the panel and was sent into a tumble resulting in a domino effect as other riders also hit the ground; The woman held up a cardboard sign by the side of the road as a group of cyclists approached on Saturday with their backs to the runners and in front of the television cameras

Last updated: 06/27/21 9:12 PM

The fan who caused the crash on the first day of the Tour de France with a cardboard sign (Pic: Gendarmerie du Finistère)

Police are looking for a spectator who caused a major pile-up during this year’s Tour de France opening stage and then allegedly left the scene.

The woman held up a cardboard sign by the side of the road as a group of cyclists approached on Saturday.

She appeared to be looking directly at the television cameras of the motorcycles with her back turned to the peloton.

German runner Tony Martin then entered the panel, which read “Allez Opi-Omi” (Go Grandpa-Grandma, in a mix of French and German), and he was sent into free fall.

This resulted in a domino effect, with a number of other riders also touching down, around 47 km (29 miles) from the end of the Brest-Landerneau stage.

The narrow road was almost completely blocked by stricken cyclists and broken bicycles.

A local police statement said a judicial investigation was underway into the incident and that police were seeking information from members of the public.

Officers said the woman was wearing glasses, a yellow jacket, a red and white sweater and blue jeans.

Another German rider, Jasha Sutterlin, was the only cyclist to have to abandon the race but several people were injured, including spectators.

A senior race official reportedly said organizers would take legal action against the woman.

“We are suing this woman who behaved so badly,” deputy director of the Tour, Pierre-Yves Thouault, told AFP news agency.

“We are doing this so that the small minority of people who do this don’t ruin the show for everyone.”

Tour organizers warned fans to “respect the safety of the riders” and “not to risk everything for a photo or to be shown on television.”

A tweet read: “We’re happy to have roadside crowds on # TDF2021.

“But for the Tour to be a success, respect the safety of the riders! Do not risk everything for a photo or to be shown on television!”

There was also a second crash about 7.5 km (4.6 miles) from the finish which brought down several riders, including British cyclist Chris Froome.

Froome then got back on his bike after being seen by a race doctor and was able to cross the finish line. The stage was won by the French Julian Alaphilippe.

Froome was able to participate in the second stage on Sunday.

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