A spectator who caused a massive accident at the Tour de France is missing after his escape from the country
A Tour de France spectator who caused a massive accident involving dozens of cyclists is missing as racing authorities plan to sue them. Tour de France deputy director Pierre-Yves Thouault told AFP they plan to sue the woman “so that the tiny minority of people who do this don’t all spoil the show”.
However, the French publication Ouest-France reported that the woman who is believed to be German has boarded a flight and is nowhere to be found, according to CBS Sports.
The video shows how the woman holding a long banner on the sidelines of the race stuck the banner out a little too far, causing German cyclist Tony Martin to cycle right into it. Martin fell, which had a domino effect on the competitors as the cyclists fell behind him.
The sign was a hello message for the woman’s grandparents, reports CBS Sports. She seemed to be holding the sign up so that the cameras could see it – but it blocked part of the street.
After the crash, the Tour de France Twitter page posted a public notice urging personal viewers “not to risk anything to snap a picture or go on TV!”
The crash caused by the spectator sign was only the first on the opening day. German cyclist Jasha Sütterlin was the first rider to leave the race after the fall, and a second accident brought down several others, reports Reuters. French cyclist Julian Alaphilippe won the first stage of the 21-stage race and crossed the finish line with blood dripping from his knee.