Tour De France Organizers to Sue Fan who Caused Large Crash

The organizers of the Tour de France said that they are taking legal actions on a spectator who caused a massive crash during the first stage of the race on June 26.

“We are suing this woman who behaved so badly. We are doing this so that the tiny minority of people who do this do not spoil the show for everyone,” Tour de France Deputy Director Pierre-Yves Thouault told the media.

The Gendarmerie of Finistere said on its Facebook that they have launched a criminal investigation onto the female spectator who caused “unintentional injuries…by manifestly willful violation of an obligation of safety or prudence.”

“The viewer causing this accident left the scene before the investigators arrived,” the gendarmerie further said, prompting a search.

According to a footage widely circulated online, the spectator held up a cardboard sign while leaning into the path of the speeding cyclists during the opening stage of the race in the Finistere region, hitting German rider Tony Martin, which led to the crash of other riders behind him.

Three riders have withdrawn from the race, including German rider Jasha Sutterlin, according to the official website of Tour de France.

Sutterlin’s team in a statement said that he was “taken to a hospital for examinations which revealed no broken bones, but a severe contusion to his right wrist that will require further examinations back at home.”

Eight riders have reportedly received treatment from an official doctor for injuries caused by the crash.

Meanwhile, Martin said on his social media that he was “fine” and “happy to continue” the race after the crash.

“I want to ask this people forcefully: please respect the riders and the Tour de France! Use your head or stay home!” Martin further said.


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